Safeguarding at Fern Hill
Designated Officer for Child Protection and Safeguarding (DSL)
- Mr Adam Scott (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Officer for Child Protection and Safeguarding (DSL)
- Mrs Georgina Herry (Head of Inclusion)
Deputy Designated Officer for Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Mrs Andrea Stewart (Welfare & Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Working days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Safeguarding Lead Governor
- Mr Hugh Kincaid
What to do if you are concerned about a child - ‘The welfare of the child is paramount’
At Fern Hill, keeping children safe and ensuring that every child reaches their potential underpins everything we do. Occasionally, things go wrong for our children and their families and we take our responsibility for the children in our care very seriously and we are here to help, support and guide as best we can. You can read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and our most recent Safeguarding Audit.
You can tell us about a child, young person or parent/ carer that needs support in some way by contacting one of our Safeguarding Officers via the School Office. You may be concerned about the child's developmental needs, issues that the parent or carer is experiencing, or you may suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Our duty is outlined in detail within the document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, March 2015, HM Government. In essence we have a duty to record and report concerns and work alongside local agencies to ensure children are adequately safeguarded from harm.
All details are treated confidentially and will only be shared if there are concerns that a child is at risk. It is always our aim to share our concerns transparently with the child’s parent or guardian before making a referral. However, we reserve our right to refer without consent if we are sufficiently concerned about a child’s safety or we are unable to contact the parent/guardian after reasonable attempts have been made.
Single Point of Access (SPA)
You can also tell Kingston or Richmond’s Children’s Services about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting their Single Point of Access Team (SPA).
Kingston SPA Team
Contact Tel: 020 8547 5008 during office hours
Evenings and weekends: call the Duty Social Worker on 020 8770 5000
Richmond SPA (Single Point of Access)
Contact 020 8891 7969 during office hours.
Call the out of hours Duty Team (evenings and weekends) on 020 8744 2442.
In an emergency/ if you think a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.
Further documentation attached below.
Visitors to School
We want Fern Hill to be open and welcoming to all who would like to support our children. Please refer to the attached visitors leaflet containing information for you about your safety and your responsibility to keep others safe whilst in school.
Advice for parents whose child is cyberbullying
The BBC shares advice on what to do if your child is bullying others online. Key points include: try to establish the facts around the incident with an open mind; show your child that taking responsibility for your own actions is the right thing to do and help them learn from what has happened; supervise the deletion of any bullying content they have created; seek advice from a teacher or trusted confidant.