Pinner High School is fully committed to its responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. We recognise that all staff have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm. We believe that our school should provide a positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual student, and one in which students feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding; identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. Safeguarding encompasses the arrangements that are in place for all children. Child protection refers to the policy and procedures for children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of harm.
Pinner High School is committed to safeguarding children and will create a culture of vigilance in the school, ensuring that in all cases we will work in the best interests of the students in our care. All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn and our policy applies to all staff, adults, governors and volunteers working in the school.
Pinner High School’s Safeguarding Team
The Safeguarding Team is structured as outlined below. All members of the Safeguarding team have undertaken Level 3 training in Safeguarding.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jennie Smyth – Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Emma Pacey – Assistant Headteacher
Safeguarding Governor: Des Fahy
Additional Safeguarding Leads:
- Elizabeth Hindmarsh – Head of Year 9
- Amy Wild – Head of Year 8
- Rakhee Jotangia – Head of Year 7
- Hannah Lowder – SENCO
- Maran Dhannie – ASD Hub Leader
The Headteacher Chris Woolf and Chair of the Board of Governors, Dr Andy Ahmed are also Level 3 Safeguarding Trained.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the main contact point for any safeguarding issues within the school. The role involves keeping up to date with legislative and administrative changes in procedures; ensuring staff are trained in aspects of safeguarding including child protection protocols; liaising with external agencies such as health and social care professionals; working with the Headteacher and Governors to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students.
Our Safeguarding Governor, Mr. Des Fahy, supports the school in matters of strategy, policy and accountability.
Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
The Safeguarding Policy and Procedures at Pinner High School are outlined in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which is attached below. They take account of the most recent guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' 2018.
Anyone who is worried about a child can use Harrow's Golden Number: 0208 901 2690. The Children and Family Service out of hours number is 0208 424 0999. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, you can make an anonymous referral directly to Harrow Children's Services by calling: 020 8901 2690 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Follow the link below for more information or to contact Children's services out of hours:
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of school staff which is why a regular training programme is delivered to everyone at Pinner High School whether they are teaching or support staff.
All members of staff have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 Safeguarding training as well as having ongoing training on specific safeguarding issues.
Training is closely linked to the guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and all staff are expected to read and understand Part 1 and Appendix A.
The Pinner High School Prevent Strategy has been written in response to and in line with government guidance and forms part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy which seeks to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views
- Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health
All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in order to promote British Values and prevent radicalisation of young people.
The Pinner High School Prevent Statement is attached below.
Pinner High School is committed to the promotion of British Values. The school statement on British Values is below.
Children Looked After and Previously Looked After
Pinner High works closely with the Local Authority to support Children who are Looked After and previously Looked After. At Pinner High School, Jennie Smyth (Deputy Headteacher) is the Designated Teacher for Children Looked After and Previously Looked After.
The Virtual School Head responsible for the progress of Looked After children in Harrow is Mellania Williamson-Taylor.
The Looked After Child Policy is attached below.