Safeguarding is defined as:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
(Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), 2020).
Child Protection refers to the situation where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, and action is required to protect that child.
Sea Mills Primary School and Children’s Centre fully recognises the responsibility for child protection.
Everyone in our school shares an objective to keep children safe by:
- Providing a safe environment for children to learn in.
- Supporting children’s development in ways which will foster self esteem and independence.
- Identifying and responding to children in need of support and/or protection.
- To establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- To ensure that all children have effective means of communication with more than one adult in the school and centre.
- To give opportunities for class and group discussions of thoughts and feelings in an atmosphere of trust, acceptance and tolerance.
- To include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE/Citizenship which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse.
- To ensure safe recruitment practice and the checking of suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- To follow the procedures set out by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and take account of guidance from the Department for Education.
To find out more about our Safeguarding Procedures please read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
First Response is the front door to children’s services in Bristol. Sea Mills Primary School may contact them if we had a safeguarding concern about a child and we wanted to explore further support than what has already been offered from the school and other organisations.
First Response are responsible for assessing the concerns that they receive and making the decision about what action to take regarding them. First Response will gather information from partner agencies that are involved with families that are referred.
First Response will decide whether any action is necessary and, if so, whether a family will be referred to the Families in Focus Team or a Social Work Unit for further assessment.
The work of Families in Focus can include parenting programmes or support, mentoring as well as support with behaviour management or home routines.
The School and Children centre’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Sian Randall.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Andrew Kinnear.
The safeguarding Governor is Mrs Jenny Winfield.
The Local Authority designated officer (LADO) is Nicola Laird. Her contact number is 0117 9037795.
Mr Howard Davies is our e-Safety officer
Educate Against Hate
It’s never easy to start a serious conversation with a child about extremism and racial hate. Choose a place your child feels at ease and make it a time when you’re unlikely to be interrupted. A good time to raise the subject is when it’s relevant, perhaps when you both see something on TV about extremism. Use this EAH Parents-Booklet and/or website https://educateagainsthate.com/parents to help support you to have those conversations.
If you would like to discuss more please make an appointment with Mrs Sian Randall the schools PREVENT lead.