At South Moreton your child's safety and wellbeing is our priority. We are committed to the highest levels of safeguarding practice and expect all staff, and visitors, to share in this commitment. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility at South Moreton.
We have several members of staff who have received enhanced training in order to be 'Designated Safeguarding Leads' in school.
Mrs Sánchez is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Miss Crossan (Assistant Head) is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead along with Mrs Cox (Extended Schools) and Mrs Salmon (Senior Teacher). This means that there is always someone available on the school site should a safeguarding issue arise.
If you are concerned about a child at the school please report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Every member of staff at South Moreton receives training on Safeguarding throughout the school year. Staff also keep up-to-date with current legislation and practice e.g. by knowing the content of Keeping Children Safe in Education and its implications on school life, and through regular updates in staff meetings.
We follow careful 'Safer Recruitment' procedures where every staff member is rigorously checked to ensure that they are suitable to work in our school.
Keeping your child safe
Safeguarding culture in our school ensures all staff know their duties and how to keep children safe. Children are able to talk to any one of our caring staff if they have concerns or worries (or for any other reason). If your child says something that is concerning this may be noted down in our records and the safeguarding leads will be notified. Staff will also be vigilant for signs of any abuse, for example: bruises or unexplained injuries, extreme hunger or tiredness, change of personality, change in appearance etc.
Usually staff will ask you about this directly - and sometimes there will be a very plausible reason for this. This is why it is vital that you keep us informed if something happens at home so that we can do our very best to support your child.
Staff have access to a wide range of support that they can identify with you as appropriate. This ranges from local groups and charities to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, who take referrals where families may benefit from wider help.
Children are taught regularly and carefully how to stay safe online, and it is important that this continues at home. Parents may find the following information helpful.
- A Parents Guide to Internet Controls
- A Parents Guide to Mental Health and Social Media
- A Parents Guide to Screen Addition
- Instagram Guide for Parents
- TikTok Parents Guide
- Whatsapp Parents Guide
For more information about safeguarding at South Moreton please see our Child Protection Policy, on our Policies page.