"Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes issues such as: pupil health and safety; bullying; racist abuse; harassment and discrimination; use of physical intervention; meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions; providing first aid; drug and substance misuse; educational visits; intimate care; internet safety; school security"
At our school we endeavour to support the welfare and safety of all pupils through:
maintaining children's welfare as our paramount concern
ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning
ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don't feel safe and identify who they might/can talk to
providing suitable support and guidance so that children have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are in difficulty
promoting a positive, supportive, neutral and secure environment where children can develop a sense of being valued and heard in their own right
ensuring all steps are taken to maintain site security and children's physical safety
working with parents to build an understanding of the school's responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children including the need for referral to other agencies in some situations
ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and are aware of the school's procedures and lines of communication
monitoring children and young people who have been identified as having welfare or protection concerns; keeping confidential records which are stored securely and shared appropriately with other professionals
developing effective and supportive liaison with other agencies
Our school is a community and all those directly connected: staff, governors, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. We welcome suggestions and comments contributing to this process.
At Southborough, we aim to equip children in becoming active participants in the world. We recognise that this world is becoming increasing technology led. Although this provides incredible opportunities for children to play, learn, create and connect, we also recognise the need to teach children, from a young age, how to stay safe.
Online safety is a large part of the computing curriculum at Southborough. At the beginning of each year, children sign an acceptable use document showing they understand how to use the computing equipment safely and appropriately. These are also displayed in all classrooms.
At Southborough Church of England School we aim to provide a supportive, caring and safe environment for pupils to learn without the fear of being bullied. Bullying is defined as deiberately hurtful behaviour repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school.
It is very important that we work in partnership with parents to support children's learning and their emotional, social, and physical development. From time to time, during your child's 7 years at school, you may have a concern about your child that impacts on their learning or wellbeing. It is important for us to know about this as quickly as possible, in order to resolve the issue promptly and satisfactorily. We take these concerns very seriously and any teacher and parent concerns are logged and followed up by the Senior Management Team.
Please follow the procedure below if you wish to raise a concern:
If you still have a concern, please speak to Mrs Brewin (Pupil Well-being Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Hickman (SENCo), Mrs Dooley (Deputy Headteacher) or Mrs Savage (Headteacher).
Mrs Dooley and Mrs Savage can often be found at the beginning of each day welcoming the children at the school gates. They are happy to chat to parents informally and will pass on information to the class teacher. The best time to see class teachers is at the end of the school day. However, if you have an urgent concern, especially relating to the health and safety of your child, please speak to our office team, Mrs Dooley or Mrs Savage as soon as possible.
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying. Andy and the Odd Socks (Cbeebies presenter and Anti-bullying alliance patron) have written a toe-tapping song for Odd Socks Day 2018. It's called 'Choose Respect' and is the overarching theme for our Anti-bullying week this year.
Our children (and staff!) were invited to wear odd socks for the day. It was an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes them all unique! Pupil voice suggests the children felt inspired and proud of what our school stands for as well as feeling confident on what showing respect means to them.
We were then tasked to link this key learning to another subject. Some classes chose to link this to Music; creating their own version of the 'Choose Respect' song. Other classes decided to create a piece of artwork that encompassed the key themes and could be used to promote a positive message. In English, some classes chose to represent their learning in the form of writing a recipe for how to choose and show respect. These are just some of the many inspiring lessons that we were engaged with this week.
“We wore odd socks today to show that we want to be different.” Year 1
“I have learnt that we should respect our differences and to respect means to be kind and generous.” Year 4
“Having only just spoken about respecting each other’s choices, it was really good to see us embrace our differences; enjoying our different choices of socks helped us celebrate our uniqueness.” Year 6
Below are links to websites which parents may find informative and helpful: