Staying Safe & Well | Safeguarding at Southwark
Southwark Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff, visitors and members of the school community to share this commitment. We are fully focused on ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place. In addition to this, throughout the curriculum children are taught how to stay safe, including online.
You can speak to any member of staff about anything that is worrying you. Every child has the right to be safe from harm and danger. Every adult at Southwark Primary School has a responsibility to ensure pupils are safe at home and school. We will always listen to you and do everything we can to help.
There are 4 staff in school with the specific job of keeping children and families safe. You can call the school office and ask to speak to one of these members of staff. You can also contact them directly on Class Dojo or click the 'Speak Out' button on the school website to compose an email which is sent to Mrs Wattam and myself directly.
Mrs Wattam - Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead & Designated teacher for children who are looked after (CLA).
Mr Skirton - Head Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Ince - Y456 Assistant Head Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Smith - Y23 Assistant Head Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr N Payne - Nominated Governor for Child Protection & Safeguarding & children who are looked after (CLA)
At Southwark, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all
pupils. We endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We
are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective
support, protection and justice.
The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff, volunteers, visitors and governors/member of
Believe Academy Trust and are consistent with those of Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership
Our policy and procedures take into account the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance (September 2022)
Safeguarding for all - As stated in KCSIE (2022) safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, is of paramount importance.
Everyone’s responsibility - Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play.
Child First - In order to fulfil our responsibility effectively, all members of the school community should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
It could happen here - Staff working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
In addition to this, throughout the curriculum children are taught how to stay safe, including online. Click here for our page all about staying safe online or here to find out more about safeguarding within the school's curriculum.
At Southwark Primary, our vision is a school community that embraces the use of different technologies to enhance learning and thinking, as well as teaching all of our children how to be safe and responsible digital citizens who make informed decisions about their actions online.
Children are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, keeping personal information private; they recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and can identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
We believe that regular, open conversations between parents, carers and children about using the internet is ultimately the best way to keep children safe online. While there are huge benefits to being online, it is important to be aware that any time children use the Internet, they face some potential risks. We believe understanding what your child is doing online helps keep them safe online: make talking about what they do online a normal part of everyday life, rather than something that only happens when there’s a problem or issue.
In this day and age, online safety has to be more than a reminder not to speak to strangers online. As children begin to navigate the internet and use it in different ways as they grow older, their own personal conduct online is also an area where they need guidance. We believe it is important to teach children about both the technological and social and emotional aspects of being safe and successful online.
For further information about our approach to online safety at Southwark, please see the policy document below and you can visit our online safety page by clicking the link below.
Use this form if you're worried or concerned about something at school or at home. By using the form below you are informing a trusted adult within school of your concern. This may be any form of bullying - face to face or online, an email or other message that is suspicious or rude, offensive online chat or a website that has made you feel upset or uncomfortable or anything else that you need to report.