Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

If you are worried about the safety of a child

Who do I contact if I have a Safeguarding concern about a child at Georgian Gardens?
 
Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding: Mrs Claire Lewis, Assistant Headteacher Inclusion/SENCO
 
Deputy Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding: Miss Amie Bowers, Headteacher
 
Georgian Gardens also has a Safeguarding Team who can respond to concerns and give advice:
 
Ms Claire Lewry, Family Support Manager
Mrs Paula Trahern, Assistant Headteacher, Teaching, Learning and Assessment 
Mrs Rebecca Stables, School Business Manager (Safer Recruiting)
Ms Gina Watts, Learning and Behaviour Mentor and designated emotional well-being lead
Mr Ben Alcorn, Class Teacher and Online Safety Lead
 

Who else can I contact?

If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the Integrated Front Door (MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) and Early Help). You can contact the IFD during office hours on the details below:

Tel: 01403 229 900

Email: WSChildrenservices@westsussex.gov.uk

The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email WSChildrenservices@westsussex.gov.uk ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT

When you contact the IFD please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the IFD decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.

NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285

 

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. 

Operation Encompass

Georgian Gardens has been given the opportunity to take part in a new operation that will run jointly with Sussex Police.

Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools / colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families.

Nominated members of staff, known as a Key Adults, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Georgian Gardens our Key Adults are Miss Bowers, Mrs Lewis and Miss Lewry. We will be able to use information that has been shared with us, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by your child and / or your family.

We are keen to offer the best support available to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

If you have any concerns or questions then please contact Miss Bowers, Mrs Lewis or Miss Lewry and we will be happy to discuss this further.

Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information 

From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. 

The Prevent Duty 

See below to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE).   Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information. Staff have been completing a series of online training modules - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training. 

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