GLF Schools

Safeguarding Children

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which outlines procedures which all members of the school community are expected to follow. This policy is on the school’s website and can be requested from the school office.

We expect that all visitors read our safeguarding leaflet on entry into the school and abide by the guidance it provides.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Team

Miss Laura Croft

DSL and Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Caroline Gibbins

DDSL and Headteacher

Mr David Baker

DDSL and Deputy Headteacher

Mr Christopher Gough

DDSL and Assistant Headteacher

Miss Casey Potter

DDSL and Pastoral Leader 

Mr Conor Holton

DDSL and Lower School Leader

Mrs Emma Geeson

DDSL and Office Manager

Miss Kirsty Seagrove

DDSL and Year 5 Teacher

 

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child at Springfield Primary School please ask to speak with Miss Croft, Assistant Headteacher and DSL. Alternatively, concerns can be raised via email to: dsl@springfield.surrey.sch.uk

If you have a concern about a child from Surrey during out of school hours and/or holiday periods, please contact Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (C-SPA) on: 0300 470 9100.

If your concern/s relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff which could suggest that he or she is unsuitable to work with children, then you should report this to the Headteacher in confidence. The Headteacher will then seek advice from the LADO, as appropriate.

If the concern/s relates to the Headteacher, you should report it to the GLF Trustee member with responsibility for safeguarding, Martin Burke (m.burke@glfschools.org) and GLF HR Director, Maria Cicero Scott (cicero-scottm@glfschools.org).

To read the Springfield Primary School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy please click the link to our Policies page.

Whole school safeguarding provision

Online Safety
The school ensures that all children are safeguarded when using the internet through appropriate technical systems which are regularly tested and reviewed. Moreover, children are taught how to keep themselves safe whilst online in assemblies and within the curriculum.

Further advice and support for parents is offered throughout the year in the weekly newsletter and through parent workshops. This information is informed through NSPCC and CEOP guidance. The CEOP telephone number is: 0870 000 3344

For further help and advice on keeping children safe on the internet please click on the link to the NSPCC website.

A key strand of the Springfield 7 curriculum focuses on pupil safety and well-being. Children are explicitly taught about how to keep themselves safe in an age appropriate way. More information about both the whole school appropriate and what is taught within the curriculum can be found on the linked provision maps.

For more information on how to keep children safe whilst online, see this link for the latest government guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

If a child uses a chromebook, please see this link for an App, which increases level of safety for children when online:
https://safetonet.com/foundation/covid/

Peer on Peer Abuse
Following an upsurge in cases of sexual harassment and abuse reported on the “Everyone’s Invited” website and TikTok, there is a new helpline to support potential victims in education settings. The dedicated number 0800 136 663, run by the NSPCC, will provide both children and adults who are victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a UK wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. They run an excellent website: https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk with a learning programme, straightforward advice and short videos on topics such as family safety plans and what to do if your child does get into trouble online. There is also a confidential helpline: 0808 1000 900.

Road and Rail Safety
The school is situation next to a railway station and is on a main road, leading off from the A3, M3 and with access to M25.  To ensure our children are clear about the dangers travel networks pose, we share with pupils the Network Rail Primary School programme and the THINKUKNOW programme. Helpful guidance for parents can be found on: https://www.think.gov.uk/

NSPCC PANTS Campaign
The school works in conjunction with the NSPCC in sharing the key messages from the PANTS campaign with children in Reception and key stage one. Pupils are involved in assemblies and lessons which are aged appropriate.

More information can be found on about the PANTS campaign can be found on the NSPCC’s website: www.nspcc.org/pants, including the assembly and a guidance booklet for parents.

Prevent Duty 
In 2015, the government developed the Prevent Duty, specifying the expectations on schools to protect children from radicalisation and extremism.  

The strategy aims to: 

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it 
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support 
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address. 

At school, we work with pupils through the Springfield 7 Curriculum to promote British values, helping to protect children from the risks poses by radicalisation and extremism. 

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