Garfield School Child Protection and Safeguarding Pledge
Garfield School recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children and protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse.
We believe that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged, as per Garfield Child Protection Policy.
In order to achieve this, all members of staff (including volunteers and governors) in this school, in whatever capacity, will at all times act proactively in child welfare matters. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. However, staff cannot promise secrecy if concerns are such that referral must be made to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare. If we have suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being is being, or is likely to be harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate actions in accordance with the procedures issued by Merton Safeguarding Children Board.
Mrs Michele Thomas
Garfield School Safeguarding Team
Mrs Michele Thomas - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gemma Vokins - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Louise Aziz - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Chloe Buck - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Hannah Tayler - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Sarah Parker - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Stephanie Church - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Further information about safeguarding can be found on the 'Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP)' website https://www.mertonscp.org.uk/
The website is mobile friendly and it allows Partners, Practitioner, Parents and Young People to access important information about the work of the Safeguarding Children Partnership and key documents to improve the effectiveness of their work to ensure that every child in Merton is safe, supported and successful.