Safeguarding Statement & Policies

Shirehampton Primary School (SPS) is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children.  We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying our safeguarding procedures to avert and alleviate any such concerns.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our learning environment.

If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record this and report it to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) as soon as possible the same day. 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 are discussed with the child’s parents / carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a staff member has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of a colleague (which could suggest that they are unsuitable to work with children) this will be reported to the Head Teacher, or Chair of Governors, if the concern relates to the Head Teacher, who will contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

SPS will support all children by:

  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school;
  • Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children;
  • Notifying First Response or Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a concern that needs sharing;
  • Providing continued support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the new school.

If you are concerned about the safety or well-being of a child at our school please talk to one of our DSLs.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff, including temporary staff, and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.

Report a concern about a child

If you have any concerns about a child or young person please do not leave it to someone else to deal with, particularly if you think a child is being neglected or abused.

If you’re concerned about the well-being of a child contact the First Response Team on 0117 903 6444.

When our offices are closed call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165.

Reporting a child at immediate risk

If the child is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

Other numbers you can call:

NSPCC 24 hour Helpline: 0800 800 5000 (free from a landline)

NSPCC Asian Languages Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free from a landline)

NSPCC Text helpline: 88858 (service is free and anonymous)

Police: 101 (non-emergency calls)

For more information on safeguarding, please also see the school’s Safeguarding Policy Touch Policy E-Safety Policy  and Safer Recruitment & Selection Policy .