Safeguarding during school closure

How Safeguarding will operate at Highbury Fields School during a school closure.

Highbury Fields School remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all members of the school community in the event of a school closure.

What to do if you know a child or young person is in danger

If a parent, carer or any member of Highbury Fields School staff becomes aware that any child is at risk of immediate danger, they should call the police on 999.

If the child is not in immediate danger but you would like to report your concerns to a social worker, please call your local Children’s Service Contact Desk on:

Islington          020 7527 7400

Hackney           020 8356 5500

Haringey          020 8489 4470

Camden           020 7974 3317 or 020 7974 4444.

 

The Highbury Fields School Safeguarding Team

In the event of a school closure, the safeguarding team will consist of the following staff members:

  • Tim Fox (Headteacher)
  • Denise Joseph (Deputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead, off site)
  • Kavita Vishnuram (Deputy Head)
  • Sabina Jackson (Senior Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, on site)
  • Jo Griffin-Parry (Learning Mentor with Responsibility for Education Welfare)

Sabina Jackson will take responsibility for checking the safeguarding email inbox and responding to enquiries.

There are contingency plans in place in the event of one or more members of the safeguarding team being unable to work due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

Safeguarding Email address

The school’s safeguarding team has an email address which is:

safeguarding@highburyfields.islington.sch.uk

The purpose of this email address is to enable parents, carers, young people and members of staff to raise concerns they may have about the safety or wellbeing of any other member of the school community.

This address has been shared with all parents, carers, students and staff of Highbury Fields School. When parents, carers or students are concerned about the wellbeing of a young person, they should send an email containing only:

·         The phrase ‘safeguarding concern’ in the email subject.

·         The name of the person the reporting the concern in the body of the email.

·         The name of the young person they are concerned about in the body of the email.

The safeguarding email will generate an automatic response to all emails which informs the concerned person about what else they can do until the safeguarding team can respond to their query. This includes information about what to do if someone is in immediate danger or is mentally unwell.

A member of the safeguarding team will check the safeguarding email inbox twice daily on weekdays during term time at 10.00am and again at 2.30pm.

The team will respond to enquiries with a school mobile phone number and a suggested time to call or text. If the person can only send a text, the safeguarding team will call them from a school safeguarding mobile phone.

Once a member of the safeguarding team has spoken with the person who reported the concern, and sought details of the nature of the concern, they will then follow normal safeguarding procedures as far as possible.

The person who reports the concern is entitled to receive some feedback about how we dealt with the concern.

 Vulnerable Children and Young People

The safeguarding team are aware that there are a number of students who are more vulnerable due to their personal or family circumstances, mental health needs or their special educational needs or disability.

We offer an enhanced level of safeguarding to this group of students during term time and will endeavour to continue to do so in the event of a school closure by:

·         Making contact with them, or their parent/carer on a weekly basis.

·         Having a designated day when we make contact with each student or their parent/carer.

·        Sending a standard letter addressed to the child or young person weekly whilst the school is closed during term time.

·         Reminding these students, via the standard letter, of the school’s safeguarding email address.

·         Giving these students, via the standard letter, the school’s safeguarding mobile phone number.

If the safeguarding team is not able to speak with the family of a vulnerable child for two consecutive weeks, they will be enlisting the help of Children’s Social Care to ensure the wellbeing of that young person and their family.