Safeguarding

West Lea School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. Our professional and dedicated staff and Governors all share this commitment. Our school has policies and procedures in place for safeguarding our pupils, all of which are in accordance with local authority and statutory guidance. The school also adheres to safer recruitment guidelines.

As part of our collective mission to keep our children safe in education, we work in close partnership with many other agencies including, local health providers, the health authority and social services, all of which share our commitment in safeguarding children and young adults.

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school’s Designated staff, whose details are listed below.

Meet your Safeguarding Team

Contact email: safeguarding@westleaschool.co.uk

Point of contact: Mrs Catherine Goodwin – Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Contact number: 0208 807 2656 

If your concern is immediate, please telephone rather than emailing. 

In addition to the above, if you are worried about the welfare of a child you may also report your concerns to the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board; their contact details are listed below:

Web: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/enfieldlscb/
Phone number:  020 8379 2507 (Mon-Thurs: 9 am-5 pm; Fri: 9 am-4.45 pm)

Out of office hours call: 020 8379 1000 (select option 2).

In an emergency, call 999.

The online world develops and changes at great speed. Although technology has many positive and engaging​ attributes, we need to be mindful of the potential risks the digital world can have.  New opportunities, challenges and risks are appearing all the time. Online safety for children is an important topic and should be addressed and approached with a positive and welcoming mindset. Digital technologies are creating the world around us and we must all take responsibility to educate and help children safely navigate the digital space.

At West Lea, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils about being safe in the online world. We work in partnership with our parents and carers to ensure that our children have a consistent approach to understanding possible risks. 

We know, teaching students the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the Internet is essential. We focus on the teaching knowledge and appropriate behaviours that can help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app. This is built into our curriculum with specific online safety lessons that is age and stage appropriate for our learners.

Some of the risks young people face online include: 

  • Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
  • Loss of privacy / control of personal information 
  • Grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet 
  • The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge 
  • Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers 
  • Cyber bullying
  • Access to unsuitable video / internet games 
  • An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet 
  • Plagiarism and copyright infringement 
  • Illegal downloading of music or video files 
  • Hacking, viruses and system security 
  • The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.

We are constantly reviewing and monitoring the changes that happen with technology to ensure we keep up to date with what young people are accessing and using. However, we believe that the fundamental principles of staying safe online are the same regardless of what application a young person is using. 

Online Safety Newsletter

West Lea School benefits from a dedicated team, who manage health and safety daily. The team are:

Jackie WheelerHealth, Safety & Welfare Manager(Health & Safety Co-Ordinator & Governor link)
William FosuheneSite Manager (Health & Safety committee member)
Jayne FaggOperations Manager(Health & Safety committee member)
Kevin ClarkeH&S Consultant (Culham Consultancy)
Toby ClarkeH&S Consultant (Culham Consultancy)

If you have any queries relating to health and safety, please make contact using the details below:

Tel:        0208 807 2656
Email:    healthandsafety@westleaschool.co.uk

Enfield Council: London Borough of Enfield

Child line: ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: The NCA’s CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas

Enfield Children and Young Persons’ Services: ECYPS provides advice and support to voluntary and community organisations working with children & young people aged 0-25 years

NHS 111 service: 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. Call 111 and speak to a trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals

NSPCC: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Enfield Police: Enfield police work closely with the local authority and other agencies especially through the Enfield Community Police Partnership, which identifies policing priorities within Enfield and develops and implements the strategies to be used in tackling crime and disorder on a local level

Think u Know: Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology

London Safeguarding Board: The London Safeguarding Children Board seeks to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children in London.

Department for Education: The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England

NHS England Safeguarding: NHS England is dedicated in ensuring that the principles and duties of safeguarding adults and children are holistically, consistently and conscientiously applied with the well-being of all

Enfield Children’s Trust: Promoting better life experiences and outcomes for children and young people in Enfield

Enfield DAZU Young Carers Project: Recreational and educational activities for children and young people

Enfield Saheli: Empowering women to make informed choices

Enfield Voluntary Action: Providing Services to support volunteering in Enfield

Enfield Youth Support Service: Youth Assembly and youth volunteering

Homestart: National family support charity

Informed Families: Family information service 

St Christopher’s: Young Runaways Service 

Sort It!: Substance misuse service for young people  

The Children’s Society: We are a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable.

AFRUCA: Africans unite against Child Abuse

CFAB:  Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders  

Connexions: Advice, guidance and personal development 

Empower: Young women affected by sexual violence and exploitation 

Forward: Safeguarding Rights and Dignity 

Samaritans: People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to them.

The Hideout: Until children and young people are safe  

Solace Women’s Aid: Helpline 

National Domestic Violence Helpline: As a federation of over 220 organisations, they provide more than 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country

Stop it Now!: Sexual abuse prevention campaign

North Middlesex University Hospital:North Middlesex University Hospital is one of London’s busiest acute hospitals, serving more than 350,000 people living in Enfield and Haringey and the surrounding areas, including Barnet and Waltham Forest

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust: We are a large provider of integrated mental health and community health services, following the transfer of Enfield Community Services.

Would u App – Barnardos: Child sexual exploitation

Enfield Parent Abuse Reconciliation Service: Supporting Parents who are abused by their adolescent children

i-hop: Information Hub on offenders’ families with children for professionals