Safeguarding and child protection
Safeguarding is the underpinning ethos of Westfield School. We are committed to educating our students and their parents on how to stay safe in all aspects of our community and the ever changing culture they face.
We recognise that in today’s society our young people are growing up in a more challenging and unpredictable environment which can have additional dangers that may not be readily noticeable. For example the growing concerns around social media, online grooming and grooming in general, gangs, weapons, sexualised behaviour and exploitation of young people, rise in the viewing of pornography and its negative impact on relationships, as well as the radical views of extremists. Safeguarding covers much more than the few listed and further on you will see the knowledge we aim to instil and the interventions and support we offer.
We also pride ourselves on our strong community links and our positive relationships with external agencies.
To ensure our young people are equipped in recognising safeguarding concerns and how best to manage these concerns, education around these issues is delivered each academic year with specific events calendared in.
who to talk to
If you want to speak to someone about any concerns you have for yourself or a child you know, then please contact our safeguarding team:
Senior Pastoral Manager: Di Hague
If you cannot contact them please contact our school reception and they will find you the right person to talk to.
If you do not want to speak to someone face to face, there are organisations you can call, which are listed at the bottom of this page. You can speak to them in confidence about any problem you or a friend has. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
Remember: there is always someone you can talk to, everyone has a right to be safe.
Esafety - Growing up online
As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how I can be as good a parent online as I am offline.
Useful telephone numbers;
- South Yorkshire Police 0114 220 2020
- Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
- Childline 0800 1111
- NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 500
- Children's Social Care, Sheffield (0114) 273 4855
- Internet Watch Hotline 0845 600 8844
Useful Internet Sites
- Chatdanger Website - a website explaining the potential internet dangers for children and young people.
- The Internet Watch Foundation Website - The UK website for reporting illegal internet content.
- The NSPCC Website - Here you can find information for parents and children/young people on the dangers of surfing the net.
Childline for advice and support to children and young people. Phone 0800 1111 or visit the Childline website.
Connexions Direct - information and advice for 13-19 year olds. Phone 080 800 13 2 19 or visit the Connexions Direct website.
Kidscape is a Children’s charity that gives practical advice to young people about bullying and keeping safe. Visit the Kidscape website.
The Samaritans confidential helpline for young people experiencing feelings of distress or despair – tel: 08457 90 90 90. Visit The Samaritans website.
Youth Access – Tel: 020 8772 9900. This organisation will put you in touch with local services that offer information, advice and counselling.
The Hideout - for young people affected by domestic abuse. Visit The Hideout website.