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Safeguarding at South Bank Primary

 

South Bank Primary School is committed to ensuring all our pupils feel safe and well cared for and to providing a secure and safe school environment for learners, staff, parents, carers, families and other visitors.

 

The school takes pupil welfare and safety very seriously and takes action to reduce all kinds of harm including: abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We also promote a culture where children and adults feel confident to share their concerns about their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.

 

Safeguarding is a priority at South Bank Primary.  We ensure all staff, governors, volunteers and the children receive regular safeguarding training and work together to keep children safe.  The senior leaders of the school have safeguarding as a permanent item on their weekly meeting agendas and the pupil safeguarding ambassadors meet with Miss Cooper and Mrs Clarke every half term.

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

At South Bank Primary, we are committed to the safety and happiness of all our pupils.  Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of our school community.  If you are concerned about a child please speak to one of our safeguarding leads.

 

For more details on how we safeguard students at South Bank Primary School, to read our Safeguarding policy

Keeping Safe

At South Bank Primary School we work in partnership with our children to support our children to keep themselves safe in our world.

 

Our curriculum contains input on:

 

  • Road Safety
  • e-safety or internet safety
  • Relationships and trusted adults
  • ‘Stranger danger’
  • ‘Life Skills’

 

We link with other agencies such as our local Police Community Support Officer, the early intervention team, attendance and welfare officers and other services who can support us in delivering clear messages of actions our children can take to keep themselves safe.

 

We record all incidents which concern us on our safeguarding system (CPOMS) and inform parents, carers, family and multi-agencies as necessary and in line with our Safeguarding Policy. 

 

If you are worried about a child, what might you be worried about? 

 

What is child abuse and neglect?

Some abuse may happen because parents, carers or other adults act in ways which harm children. Other kinds of abuse occur when adults fail to take action to protect children or fail to meet a child’s basic needs.

 

There are four main types of abuse:

 

Physical Abuse
This may involve hurting or injuring a child by hitting, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.

 

Emotional Abuse
Persistent emotional ill treatment of a child. It may involve telling children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

 

Sexual Abuse
Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. It may also include non-contact activities such as involving children in inappropriate sexual activities.

 

Neglect
Persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, which is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.  Witnessing domestic abuse is extremely harmful to children and causes long term emotional harm and distress.

 

What might make you concerned?

There are many possible signs of abuse ranging from physical injury to changes in behaviour.  In some cases a child may tell you that they are being harmed. Alternatively you may witness an incident either between a parent and a child or a professional or volunteer working with children, which causes you to be concerned.

 

What to do if you are concerned about a child?

Adults have a responsibility to share any concerns they have, even when they may have some doubts as to whether a child is being harmed.


If you are concerned about a child speak to someone. This might be a health visitor, school staff, family doctor, social worker or police officer. 

 

During school hours please call or email:

 

Phone:  01642 453451 and ask to speak to a Safeguarding Lead

 

Email:  safeguarding@southbankprimary.co.uk

 

Alternatively, or outside of school hours, the following links might be helpful:

 

 

Redcar & Cleveland Multi Agency Children's Hub (MACH)

Telephone -  01642 130700​

Email - RedcarMACH@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

 

The Multi Agency Children's Hub (MACH) is a partnership between Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Health Partners.

 

The MACH Team are available:

Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm

Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

 

Duty Team - Out of Hours:  01642 524552

 

For the NSPCC, please click here  or call 0800 1111

For Childline, please click here or call 0808 800 50000

 

Online safeguarding

If you are worried about something online or something involving you online, you can report it here.

For reporting terrorist or extremist material online, please click here to report.

If you suspect Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of a child please inform the police on 999

 

If you have any concerns around risk, please inform the school Safeguarding Team or contact the following agencies: