At Waterside Primary Academy the happiness, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take what they tell us seriously. Safeguarding pupils is the prime responsibility of every member of school staff.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment procedures includes checks on the suitability of staff and volunteers, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council and in line with current legislation.
All school staff receive regular safeguarding training. We also have three members of staff who have received enhanced training and who lead on safeguarding in the school:
Mrs Colleen Duggan - Headteacher and Lead Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Amanda Essex - Family Liaison Officer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Rebecca Dunning - SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Please do not hesitate to contact one of us to discuss any concerns you may have.
Occasions do arise when our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we always aim to work in partnership with parents, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised regarding the protection of a child or those that need to be investigated by external agencies. On occasions Social Care, while undertaking an investigation under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to talk to a child without parents' knowledge. This would be a decision made by partner agencies. This course of action would only be considered where a child was at immediate risk and/or gaining consent at this point may increase the level of risk to a child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
Kings Education Trust has adopted a Child Protection Policy, for the safety of all. The policy can be found by clicking HERE.
If you have a concern about any child you can talk to us or find guidance from the Bucks Safeguarding Children's Board by clicking HERE.