Safeguarding

"OUR CULTURE OF VIGILANCE"

Here at The Forest High School we:-

  • Believe safeguarding and protecting students is everyone's responsibility.
  • Have a culture of fairness and equality.
  • Care for each other.
  • Listen to our students.
  • Are mindful of the needs and issues around vulnerable children.
  • Teach our students to keep safe.
  • Support students and their families and carers.
  • Identify signs of concern.
  • Monitor attendance rigorously.
  • Communicate regularly with external agencies.
  • Train all our staff/Governors in safeguarding.
  • Keep all staff updated with new guidance and policies.
  • We collect and retain data on the school community in order to ensure they are effectively safeguarded.

 

WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION ?

At The Forest High School we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all our young people; it involves:

  • how well students are taught to keep themselves safe
  • how well the school protects students from bullying, racist abuse, harassment or discrimination, and promotes good behaviour 
  • the effectiveness of health and safety policies and procedures  
  • the effectiveness of arrangements to provide a safe environment and secure school site
  • how well the school meets the needs of students with medical conditions  
  • how appropriately child welfare and child protection concerns are identified and responded to by the school  
  • how effectively the school works with key agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • the extent to which the school ensures that adults working with children are appropriately recruited and vetted, and receive appropriate training, guidance, support and supervision to undertake the effective safeguarding of students

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people and this requires all staff, Governors, visitors, parents/carers and students to share this commitment. 

We aim to ensure that all child protection and welfare concerns and referrals are handled promptly, sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child. Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security, which allows our students to flourish and go onto lead positive and fulfilling lives beyond school.

The Well-being, Welfare and Inclusion Support Team & heads of house, in partnership with tutors provide the central provision for student welfare within TFHS.

SAFEGUARDING CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail address - safeguarding@foresthigh.org.uk Telephone 01594 823960 direct / 822257 (switchboard) 

 

The Forest High School's Safeguarding Team:

The Designed Safeguarding Officer is Ms Sam Chivers (sam.chivers@foresthigh.org.uk)

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr John Whitehead (john.whitehead@foresthigh.org.uk) and Ms Marie Cooper (marie.cooper@foresthigh.org.uk)

The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Mr Nigel Johnson (Chair of Governors)

Head's of Houses:

Edward Perry - edward.perry@foresthigh.org.uk

Mark Hopkins - mark.hopkins@foresthigh.org.uk

Vanessa Hull - vanessa.hull@foresthigh.org.uk

If you have concerns about the well-being of any child you can also contact the Gloucestershire Social Care Helpdesk on 01452 426565.

Who to contact about a member of staff: 

Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact Mr Whitehead on 01594 824119.  Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school,  you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer via the Social Care Helpdesk on 01452 426565.

Who to contact regarding the School site:

If you have any concerns regarding the safety of the school site, please contact Mrs Alison McGinley on 01594 824119 or alison.mcginley@foresthigh.org.uk

Our Safeguarding Policy can be found at: http://www.foresthigh.org.uk/Policies

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