Minet Junior School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors. We promote an environment where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
All staff are trained in safeguarding when they join the school and this training is updated annually or sooner if necessary. The training ensures staff are aware of the signs to look out for if a child may be being abused. It also informs them how to deal with the situation and report it appropriately. Similarly children are reminded that they can share information with staff who will always be there to listen and support them.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. We work closely with Hillingdon Children’s Services. The school has a statutory legal obligation to pursue any referrals received.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Rosalie Taylor (Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion), Our Deputy DSL is Ms Kelly Gubbin (Deputy Headteacher) The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Prabhjit Bhinder.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy (see below). In addition to the normal support you would expect in schools Minet Junior School provides art therapy, Lego therapy and well-being check-ups to support children through periods of vulnerability. We have two Mental Health First Aiders (Mrs Rosalie Taylor and Mrs Sharon Elliott) who ensure school remains a positive and supportive experience.
Outside of school hours please contact Hillingdon Social Services on 01895 556633
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and staff have received training in this as well.