Safeguarding

Safeguarding is of the upmost priority at Watling Academy. All staff are trained thoroughly to ensure that they can respond appropriately to safeguarding issues as and when they arise.

Watling Academy has a dedicated safeguarding team, working alongside our Heads of Year, as detailed in the Denbigh Alliance Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Watling Academy Safeguarding Team

safeguarding@watling.academy

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead

Name: Mrs J Barford (Deputy Headteacher)
Contact details: 01908 794094 barfordj@watling.academy

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Operational

Name: Mrs G Nicholls (Designated Safeguarding Lead – Operational)
Contact details: 01908 794094 nichollsg@watling.academy

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Name: Mrs N Bennett (SENDCO)
Contact details: 01908 794094 bennettn@watling.academy

Members of Safeguarding Team

Name: Mr M Gibbs (Assistant Headteacher)
Contact details: 01908 794094 gibbsm@watling.academy

Name: Mr A Simmonds (Head of Year)
Contact details: 01908 794094 simmondsa@watling.academy

Designated e-safety Lead

Name: Mrs J Barford (Deputy Headteacher)
Contact details: 01908 794094 barfordj@watling.academy

Chair of Watling Local School Board

Name: Mr R Simpson
Contact details: 01908 794094

Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment

Name: Mr A Cox
Contact details: 01908 794094

If you have any concerns of a pastoral nature – you should contact your child’s Tutor or Head of Year in the first instance.

Similarly, if you are concerned about your child’s mental health please contact your child’s Head of Year who will be able to advise of the considerable in school support available or signpost you to suitable outside agencies if appropriate.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The Denbigh Alliance Trust is committed to ensuring that all our children and young people are safe and feel safe; that children, parents/carers and staff are able to talk about any safeguarding concerns and feel assured that they will be listened to; and that all staff and volunteers are aware of and implement safeguarding procedures and guidance, including what to do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

In any case where an adult is concerned that a child is, or maybe, at risk of significant harm they must make a referral directly to Milton Keynes Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). If a child or other person is at immediate risk of harm, the first response should always be to call the police on 999.

To make a referral or consult Children’s Services regarding concerns about a child:
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):
Tel: 01908 253169 or 253170 during office hours
OR
Emergency Social Work Team 01908 265545 out of office hours
Email: children@milton-keynes.gov.uk

For allegations about people who work with children:
Contact the MASH as above
OR
Local Authority Designated Office (LADO) 01908 254307
Email: lado@milton-keynes.gov.uk

For information about safeguarding training for schools and education settings:
Contact the Secretary to the Children & Families Head of Safeguarding 01908 254962
OR
Email: sue.butler@milton-keynes.gov.uk

For general enquiries regarding safeguarding, contact the Children & Families Head of Safeguarding:
Tel: 01908 254307
OR
Email: jo.hooper@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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