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Our Commitment to Safeguarding

Written on: Tuesday 14 September 2021


Our Commitment to Safeguarding

South Grove Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment in accordance with DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe In Education. An integral part of that work relates to the governments PREVENT strategy and the duties it places on academic institutions.

At South Grove we believe that all children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.

Because safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, all staff members are committed to recognizing and reporting all concerns relating to child safety, wellbeing and in particular are vigilant to spot signs of abuse and maltreatment. An integral part

As such, we promise to:

  • Be observant and alert to signs of abuse
  • Be curious and question explanations given by parents/ children/staff
  • Be compassionate, honest and clear
  • Ask for support when we feel at the limit of our experience/patience/skills
  • Understand and follow school policies and procedures
  • Work together with other agencies when appropriate to  make sure that support for children, young people and families is  effective and helps improve outcomes

The school has a number of policies and procedures that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed following the link below.

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 our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Every school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and Deputy, these are the main points of contact for child protection cases.

At South Grove Primary School:

Designated Safeguarding Lead is Brigid Montgomery

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Julie Maltwood

These members of staff are the main contacts in the event of a child protection concern and can be contacted via the school office.

The Local Authority’s Designated Officer (LADO) can be contacted on 0208 496 3646 or you can talk through your concerns by emailing lado@walthamforest.gov.uk

Waltham Forest LADO

South Grove Primary School Safeguarding Policy 2021-2022

COVID-19 Safeguarding Addendum 2021-2022

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

Online Safety

Today’s pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on  and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.

The online world develops and changes at great speed. New opportunities, challenges and risks are appearing all the time. This can make it difficult to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and related threats. It is therefore important to focus on knowledge and behaviours that can help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app.

Key Learning at School

At school we teach about appropriate online behaviour enabling pupils to understand what acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour looks like. We teach pupils that the same standard of behaviour and honesty apply on and offline, including the importance of respect for others. We also teach pupils to recognize unacceptable behaviour in others.

Through specific lessons on online safety, we help children to know how to identify possible online risks and make informed decisions about how to act. The focus is on helping pupils seek a situation, think through the consequences of acting in different ways and decide on the best course of action.

Knowing how and when to seek support, enabling pupils to understand safe ways in which to seek support if they are concerned or upset by something they have seen online.

Pupils often spend significant periods of time access the internet at home. We know that children sometimes have greater expertise in navigating online service than adults in home. We know that children sometimes have greater expertise in navigating online services than adults in the home. We offer advice and tips for parents on our newsletters and there are numerous websites offering advice to help you support your child. The following links may be helpful.

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasized before concerts and assemblies and parents are asked not to take any photographs or videos during these times. Opportunities for individual photos of their child are given at the end of the concert or assembly.

Parents at the point of their child’s admission give their consent for various forms of publicity. If this changes at any time parents are asked to inform the school office as soon as possible and keep the school updated.

Keeping Children safe in Education 2021: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1014057/KCSIE_2021_September.pdf

DOWNLOAD: Safeguarding Policy - 2020-21

We believe that all children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of
abuse and neglect.

DOWNLOAD: Safeguarding and Child Protection during COVID-19

Arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection during COVID-19 Restricted Opening and
Remote Education. 

Since March 2020, schools have been subject to periods of restricted opening, with remote education provided for most pupils at these times. Additionally, individual pupils and class cohorts have been required to self-isolate for up to 10 days due to close contact or quarantine requirements. This addendum to South Grove Primary’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements

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