What to do if you are worried about a child
Gunnersbury Catholic School has a statutory duty to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a student at this school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away.
Some issues such as a student’s appearance, hygiene, or general behaviour can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in the School. Please do not worry that you may be reporting a small matter – we would rather you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a worrying situation.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, where the student has been harmed or is at risk of harm e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the people below immediately. Do not delay. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter. If the Designated Safeguarding Leads cannot be reached you may report your concern to the Headteacher or any other member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The people you should talk to at this school are:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Name: Conor Mahon
His office is located on the first floor in the main block.
Tel. extension: 178
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Name: Ms Tracy Kennerson
Tracy is located in the Main Reception
Tel. extension: 204
Person in Charge of Looked After Children
Name: Julian Baker
Julian is located in the SEN Office
Tel. extension: 125
Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Head Teacher, unless it involves them and then it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Governing Body (contact details can be obtained from the headteacher’s PA).
If you have a concern that a child is in immediate danger and you are unable to contact any of the staff detailed above, you must make a referral to social services yourself.
Hounslow Social Services can be reached at: 020 8583 6600.