See our 'Keeping Safe' page for information and advice around Child Protection and Safeguarding in our schools.
See our 'Policies' page for school policies around safeguarding.
We are vigilant in looking for signs of:
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Radicalised behaviours
At Forest House Education Centre (FHEC), every member of staff and volunteer signs an agreement to uphold the requirements of the DfE's publication, Keeping Children Safe in Education The values of keeping children safe are embedded in our child-focused culture and ethos.
Child Protection Responsibility at FHEC
Every adult in school is responsible for child protection and is trained to look out for signs of neglect and abuse
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at FHEC School ( & Federation wide) is Mr Josh Pollard The Deputy DSLs are: Mr Stephen Hoult-Allen (Executive Headteacher) Mrs H Bucknell (Head of School) and Ms.L Mastroddi
If you suspect a child is in danger of being hurt or abused, call:
- The Police on 999
- Children’s Services – 0300 1234043 (Out of Hours Service-Children’s Services) – 0300 1234043
- Any member of staff in school, including those identified above.
The NSPCC website is also clear and provides helpful advice.
Families First is Hertfordshire's programme of early help services for families. Families First
Senior staff in the school work with the relevant local agencies, including the local Safeguarding Children Board. Pupils at the school are supervised at all times by qualified and experienced staff. Named staff are qualified first aiders and there is a clear procedure to document and inform parents of any accident or injury sustained at the school. Through social skills development, each pupil learns to treat others with respect and any form of bullying is taken seriously.
All FHEC staff have in depth training on a regular basis to remind everyone of the procedures for identifying and reporting issues of neglect/abuse that may likely constitute a child protection matter. Staff are also trained to identify and report children suspected of being 'radicalised' through a national programme called Prevent
All our staff, supply staff, and those working with our children have Enhanced DBS checks against police systems to ascertain whether they are barred from working with children. All staff (permanent and temporary) are fully inducted by the school as part of our stringent Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures.