Safeguarding and E-Safety
South Bank Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
The Child Protection Designated Teacher/Safeguarding Officer is Helen Hall, Head Teacher. Ros Halpin, Deputy Head (Temporary Safeguarding Lead). Marie Clarke our Pastoral Manager and Natalie Innes are also qualified designated child protection officers. The school safeguarding governor is Karen McGarrity.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at South Bank Primary, please do not hesitate to contact the Child Protection Designated Teacher who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern
Teachers are asked to report any cause for concern to the School Safeguarding Team often verbally first, but followed up in writing – following school policy and protocol. All staff receive child protection training when they begin at South Bank. Refresher training is carried out every year, or sooner if required. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVDs etc. All of the games and DVDs used at school will be rated as U. Parental permission is sought for the use of any other material (such as appropriate clips from PG films in upper KS2)
Facebook/Social media sites
Children of primary school age are not entitled to use Face Book. Children will not be using social media sites during school hours. We also ask parent/carers not to name school, staff or other children on any form of social media, or share photographs of any school events.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the team in the general office. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. There will be no authorised ‘Leave From School’, only in exceptional circumstances.
Health and Safety
At South Bank Primary all staff are responsibility for health and safety. The headteacher has responsibility for H&S and meets with the site supervisor and staff to ensure all needs are met. Site inspections are carried out regularly. In the Spring Term 2015 the school had a comprehensive audit carried out by the local authority and standards were found to be excellent – all this despite our school move!