Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. In school we have three members of staff who work together to lead in this area.
Your safeguarding team:
Mrs Martin (Assistant Head) is the safeguarding lead. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Dean (Head of Early Years) email@example.com
Mr Burke (Head Teacher) firstname.lastname@example.org
These three members of staff have extensive experience in supporting children and families with safeguarding and child protection issues, please contact either one of them if you have an issue. They are also supported by a member of the Governing Body who works with us to reflect upon our work to help us ensure that we offer the best possible safeguarding practices.
Local Support with child protection
Sutton Local Authority have a child protection / safeguarding team available through a resource called MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.) Contact them by calling 020 8770 6001, for the Sutton MASH website click here.
Support with Domestic Abuse
Please call in and speak with one of our safeguarding team if you are experiencing domestic abuse. We can offer a listening ear and support through local specialists. The Transform partnership work with schools and agencies across Sutton to support families in need.
You can find out more about their service here.
To help support parents in safeguarding their own children we would like to signpost you towards some good online resources. If you have any queries about these please get in touch with one of the team.
The NSPCC have good resources on a range of topics, The Talk Pants campaign emphasises the need for relaxed conversations at home about maintaining personal safety and preventing abuse, providing children with the knowledge that it is good to talk and not to keep bad secrets.
Click here for the NSPCC Youtube Channel with many videos, we have two here for you.
CEOP have videos on Youtube and a website of resources at ThinkuKnow. CEOP is part of the National Crime Agency, they prevent children from harm through investigation and detection and through the sharing of advice and resources to help us protect children online. CEOP Youtube Channel here.
"The urge to self-harm can feel like a wave." It is possible that as they approach the teenage years, young children can hear about and become interested in self-harm. Parents should contact us if they have any concerns about this, we can reach support you and gain additional support if required.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Calm Harm provides tasks to help your child resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track progress and notice change.
Parent Zone has partnered with CEOP to provide and additional bank of resources about all thinks digital, from Google Home to online gambling. They also have a Parent Lounge where you can log in for detailed resources.
Is your child using an appropriate game, is that movie suitable, how about that book they have just borrowed? Common Sense Media provides you with a search tool to check on the content on many resources, from movies, to books to games.
They also provide other materials to help you have good quality conversations with your children at home including video conversation starters and ideas such as "Device Free Dinner." They have detailed guidance on how to set up technology safely. Youtube Channel here.
Digital Parenting Magazine
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