Seabridge Primary School holds the safety, health, well-being and welfare of its students as paramount.
We all have a statutory duty to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. To maintain a professional attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.
We are committed to safeguarding and work together to ensure that our pupils thrive in a safe and supportive environment, whatever their age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual identity or gender. All staff in the School are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and are kept up to date with changes in legislation and practice. We take any allegation and suspicion of abuse seriously and will respond to them promptly.
All staff recruited to the School undergo a rigorous safer recruitment process in line with the Statutory Guidance outlined by Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and as a consequence all of the necessary background checks for example DBS are completed before staff begin employment.
All staff are encouraged to report any concerns that they have and not see these as insignificant. On occasions, a referral is justified by a single incident such as an injury or disclosure of abuse. More often however, concerns accumulate over a period of time and are evidenced by building up a picture of harm over time; this is particularly true in cases of emotional abuse and neglect. In these circumstances, it is crucial that staff record and pass on concerns in accordance with this policy to allow the Designated Safeguarding Lead to build up a picture and access support for the child at the earliest opportunity.
We have adopted the definition of Safeguarding used in the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 and the DfE guidance document: Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015 which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children, young people and vulnerable adult’s welfare.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, where the child 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. 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.
The Safeguarding Children Team at Seabridge Primary includes:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): a member of the leadership team with appropriate authority, responsible for dealing with safeguarding issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the local authority, and working with other agencies.
Name: Julie Harrison Tel no: 01782 432530 (Ext. 004)
Designated Safeguarding Deputy (DSD): a member of the teaching, support or pastoral staff, in a post which requires assessment of children, with sufficient status & authority to effectively deputise for the DSL role above. Cannot be an administrative or finance worker.
Names: Karen Davies and Viv Sayer Tel no: 01782 432530
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo): staff member who provides advice, liaison & support for school staff and other agencies working with pupils with special education needs and their mothers, fathers or carers.
Name: Amy Dale Tel no: 01782 432530
Learning Mentor (or equivalent): addresses difficulties preventing a child from reaching their full potential e.g. behaviour, attendance, achievement, timekeeping, homework, safeguarding issues, and develops strategies to overcome these barriers.
Name: Julie Harrison/Marie Bateman (SLT) Tel no: 01782 432530
Looked After Children (LAC) Designated Teacher: promotes the educational achievement of ‘looked after’ pupils who are on the school roll, helps staff understand issues that affect how they learn and achieve and ensures appropriate staff have the information they need.
Name: Amy Dale Tel no: 01782 432530
Online-Safety Coordinator: develops and maintains an online-safety culture within a setting.
Name: Matthew Bennett Tel no: 01782 432530
Safeguarding Academy Councillor:
Name: Aileen Clark Tel no: via school office 01782 432530
Executive Headteacher: responsible for implementing policies & procedures, allocating resources to the safeguarding team & addressing staff safeguarding concerns.
Name: Sandra Mitchell Tel no: 01782 432530 (Ext – 003)
Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Executive Headteacher or Head of School unless it involves them and then it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Academy Council.