Safeguarding Statement and DSL List
At Southgate Primary School, we take safeguarding very seriously.
During this period of school closure we continue to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of any closure or collaboration with another school, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this they are asked to make contact with Mrs Homer via Office@southgateprimary.co.uk
Please contact the school if you have any queries.
Parents, / Carers please see our daily emails for pathways of support should you need this.
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mrs Bev Homer
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Gemma Barton
Mrs Annette Gate
Mrs Sandra Bangay
SSB Safeguarding Lead:
GLF Schools Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs Fiona Jarman
GLF Trustee for Safeguarding:
- Martin Burke
LADO: 0330 222 3339 Claire Coles
MASH: 01403 229 900 (9-5pm)
Out of hours phone: 0330 222 6664 to speak to our emergency duty
Safe School, Safe Staff
We will ensure that:
All members of the governing body understand and fulfil their responsibilities, namely to ensure that:
there is a Child Protection policy together with a staff behaviour (code of conduct) policy
that GLF Schools operates safer recruitment procedures by ensuring that there is at least one person on every recruitment panel that has completed Safer Recruitment training
GLF Schools has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers and to make a referral to the DBS if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due to safeguarding concerns, or would have had they not resigned.
a senior leader in each school has Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) responsibility
on appointment, the DSLs undertake interagency training (SSCB Modules 1&2) and also undertake DSL ‘New to Role’ and the ‘Update’ Course every 2 years
all other staff have Safeguarding training updated as appropriate
any weaknesses in Child Protection are remedied immediately
a member of the SSB is nominated to liaise with the LA on Child Protection issues and in the event of an allegation of abuse made against the Headteacher
Child Protection policies and procedures are reviewed annually and that the Child Protection policy is available on each school website or by other means
the SSB considers how children may be taught about safeguarding. This may be part of a broad and balanced curriculum covering relevant issues through personal social health and economic education (PSHE) and/or for maintained schools through sex and relationship education (SRE).
that enhanced DBS checks are in place for all GLF staff and members of the GLF SSB
The Lead DSL in each school is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. There will also be at least one Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. These Officers have undertaken the compulsory training delivered through the SSCB (2 days), or by an approved external training provider, and, upon appointment will undertake ‘DSL New to Role’ training followed by biannual updates.
The DSLs who are involved in recruitment will also complete Safer Recruitment Training to be renewed every 5 years. All members of staff and volunteers are provided with child protection awareness information at induction, including in their arrival pack, the school safeguarding statement so that they know who to discuss a concern with. All members of staff are trained in and receive regular updates in e-safety and reporting concerns. All other staff have child protection awareness training, updated by the DSL as appropriate, to maintain their understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse. All members of staff, volunteers, know how to respond to a pupil who discloses abuse. All parents/carers are made aware of the responsibilities of staff members with regard to child protection procedures through publication of the school’s Child Protection Policy. Our lettings policy will seek to ensure the suitability of adults working with children on school sites at any time. Community users organising activities for children are aware of the school’s child protection guidelines and procedures. Our procedures will be regularly reviewed and up-dated.
The name of the designated members of staff for Child Protection, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, will be clearly advertised in the school, with a statement explaining the school’s role in referring and monitoring cases of suspected abuse. The DSL’s for each school will be listed in the front of the policy.
All new members of staff will be given a copy of the GLF Safeguarding Statement, and child protection policy, with the DSLs’ names clearly displayed for the appropriate school, as part of their induction into the school.
The policy is available publicly both on the GLF website and on each school website. Parents/carers are made aware of this policy and their entitlement to have a copy of it via the school website.
How to contact Children's Services
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, young person or an adult you can contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) responds to initial enquiries about children, young people and adults. The MASH is based in Horsham and combines Children's Service social workers, Adult’s Service social workers, and health and police staff.
- Phone: 01403 229 900 (9 – 5pm)
- Out of hours phone: 0330 222 6664 to speak to our emergency duty
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, emails are dealt with during normal office hours
Published by the government in July 2015, the Prevent Duty outlines the expectations placed on schools and other childcare providers to protect children and young people from radicalisation and extremism.
They adjudge extremism to constitute views, attitudes or behaviours which run contrary to core British values such as democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.
At Southgate Primary, we feel we prepare and protect the children from these dangers by our focus on community. Our values form an important part of this, but so do many of our topics and projects within class and in wider school life.
Whilst it is important that the correct technical systems are in place to guarantee that the children are safe whilst using the internet. It is equally important to ensure that the children are taught how to use the internet safely. They must understand how to keep themselves safe. We work with CEOPs to ensure that our children are given the necessary tools to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet.
For further help and advice on keeping children safe on the internet please click on the link to the NSPCC website.
Useful Website for Internet Safety:
An invaluable website for parents and children full of information and activities regarding internet safety.
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.