Safeguarding at Parkwood

Parkwood is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Everyone at Parkwood who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.

School staff are particularly important in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as we are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children. Our staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children to prevent concerns from escalating. We work with children’s social care, the police, health services and other relevant agencies to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm

In most circumstances, we endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with statutory and City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership [CHSCP] procedures).

The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

Parkwood pays full regard to DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ updated annually. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and staff employed by contractors.

The school’s Safeguarding Policy (including child protection) is available within our policies page:

Policies Page

Should you have any concerns, the Safeguarding Officers (DSL): Andrea Sumner (DSL, Assistant Head for Equality of Education), Paul Thomas (Deputy DSL, Headteacher) or Olivia King (Deputy DSL, Teacher)

Attendance and punctuality are closely monitored as part of our safeguarding procedures. Please see the page for further information. 

Online Safety in school

 At Parkwood we know that it is important to teach pupils about the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help them to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app. Children in every year group take part in specific lessons regarding this. We teach it specifically during the first half term of the year and then throughout the year in PHSE and Computing lessons.

We also offer parent workshops and regularly communicated with parents about how to keep safe online.

Our online safety policy can be found on the policies page (see above for link button)

 Childnet International

The internet provides a space for children to communicate, explore, laugh and learn.

There are lots of ways parents and carers can support them in doing these things safely. This toolkit provides three resources that offer practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.

If you would like any further information or support please feel free to speak to your child's teacher.

Online Safety Parents Resource

Online Family Agreement

Talking About Life Online

CEOP and Parent Info

When to click the CEOP button?
CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. They help children stay safe online. If someone has acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be inappropriate chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up, then click the CEOP button to report it.  You can also click the CEOP button for advice and links to support other problems you might be facing such as, Cyberbullying.

Parent Info is a practical website to help parents navigate e safety for their children. Look through the articles below or click on the logo above to see the full site. Help and support can also be sought from staff in school. Please speak to your child's teacher

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

We have a Guidance and Support Officer in school who plays a key role in pastoral support and m pupils on an individual needs basis. We work closely with a range of agencies to support pupils in need, this includes a qualified therapist.

Wellbeing is part of our school vision and permeates through everything we do. Classes all contain a feelings box  which can be used to express how pupils are feeling, staff are then able to respond in a group or individual basis, dependent on the need of the child.

We also have a range of roles for pupils such as Head Pupil, School Council and  Playbuddies. These help pupils have a sense of belonging and responsibility and allow pupils to be seen as real role models for others.