Heathside School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children
We believe that students have a right to develop and learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from harm and all types of abuse. We make every effort to ensure children and adults feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to.
Heathside School follows the procedures. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy together with our Online Safety Policy are available on our policies page here.
All staff have a role in the prevention of harm and abuse and an equal responsibility to act immediately on any suspicion or disclosure that may indicate a child is at risk of harm, either in the school or in the community in accordance with statutory guidance. The welfare of the child is paramount.
Whilst the school will work openly with parents as far as possible, it reserves the right to contact Social Care or the police, without notifying parents if this is believed to be in the child’s best interests.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
Mrs J Bell, Vice Principal
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are:
Ms R Atkinson, HSLW
Miss H Balson, Assistant Principal
Mr L Batting, Student Support Coordinator, Health and Wellbeing Lead
Mr J Brierley, Assistant Principal
Miss E Gatrell, Head of Learning
Mr S Schofield, Assistant Principal
Ms H White, SENCO
If your child is concerned about their wellbeing or concerned about a friend, they can talk to the DSL/DDSLs, staff in Student Services or to any adult in school that they trust. We will then work together to address any issues and to ensure everyone is safe.
If you have concerns about a child in the school, please contact the DSL/DDSLs or alternatively contact Surrey Children’s Services (click on this link to find out more) on 0300 470 9100 or in an emergency dial 999.
Wellbeing and Mental Health Links
If you are worried about your child’s Mental Health or Wellbeing please click here
For links to websites that provide more information, guidance and support, please click here.