Southwood Infant School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This page has been created to offer important information to parents/carers regarding issues surrounding Safeguarding & Child Protection.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.
We ensure that all staff receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety or well-being of a child or children at the school come and talk to the team.
Mrs Wendy Southgate
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Miss Rachel Park
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Suki Taylor
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.
Our school follows the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures, including PREVENT procedures. Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child 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. In this case the school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) and/or the Police without parental knowledge.
Where there is a safeguarding concern, our systems and processes operate with the best interests of the child at heart.
Referrals to services regarding concerns about a child or family typically fall into three categories:
Early Help Services;
Child in need – Section 17 (Children Act 1989) referrals;
Child protection – Section 47 (Children Act 1989) referrals.
Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. Southwood Infant Schools Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are available by clicking the links and are reviewed annually.
Child Protection Policy
The Governing Board keep these policies under regular review. They ensure the Head Teacher provides termly updates on safeguarding as part of her report to Governors. The Governing Board appoints a named Governor for Child Protection and Looked after Children. This is Hannah Stiff. If you have any concerns about the Headteacher please refer these to the Chair of Governors, Nina Lynch.
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency. Support can be found through the link below which will direct you to children’s services or please contact the school for help.
This team will use your information to make a decision about how they can best respond to your concerns.
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety:
The NSPCC has a wide range of resources that help adults keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
P.A.N.T.S: Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It’s a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse:
Any links to local or national advice and guidance can be accessed via the safeguarding in education webpages: