Thank you for visiting our web page which is designed to help and support you on the roller-coaster ride that is parenting! You might just have one child or you may have 5 or 6 children, but no matter how experienced or new you are to the role, and to Southwark school, your child is unique and no two journeys will ever be the same. Through this web page we want you to know just what support we can offer in school under our 'safeguarding umbrella' and suggest some helpful information which may be of use to you when you get to a bump in the road!
At Southwark we all have a duty of care to safeguard and protect your child but what does safeguarding mean...?
The definition of safeguarding is:
Protecting children from maltreatment;
Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
Undertaking that role so as to enable children to have optimum life chances and can enter adulthood successfully.
All staff and trained, and regularly updated with the latest government and local guidance, as to how best safeguard your child and will work with you to ensure this happens.
Please see the information below to provide further information about what safeguarding looks like at Southwark.
There are a number of support services we can offer in school. Some of this support can include supporting the emotional wellbeing of both you and your child for example if something is happening at home we can offer them an outlet with a specialised team to talk to and share their worries.
We can give support and advice on diet and nutrition or sleep worries. This might involve making referrals to other support agencies such as health visitors or school nurses to guide you through these issues.
We have a number of opportunities to speak about behaviour specialist support, even if the behaviour is something that is happening just at home and does not transfer into school, we have a number of strategies and interventions we can offer you.
We can also support with the Department of Work and Pensions, Bereavement Support, Drug and Alcohol Service Support, Debt and Housing Issues.
Now you are part of school all this extra ‘hub’ of support is available and everything discussed and offered is treated in the strictest of confidence. We will only share details when we have your permission and even then it will be on a need to know basis and be around the referral process in case we needed to invite other agencies such as health visitors or councillors into your life to support you.
The chart below shows some of the other areas of support we can offer at school.
Keeping Children Safe In Education is a statutory document written by the government, which all schools must adhere to in order to safeguard and protect your child. Here is a quick guide for parents so you know what all school staff do in order to keep your child safe in school.
Children's Centres bring together a range of free services for children from birth to nineteen, and their families. Services vary at each centre according to local community needs but all centres provide links to childcare, family support and a range of parent and toddler activities. Anyone who cares for or is expecting a child can register to use the centres.
Family support teams who work with children and young people and their families, are also based in and around Children's Centres. Services vary but they all offer play and youth activities, and support in areas including disability, behavioural difficulties, mental health, emotional wellbeing and school attendance.
The local Children's Centre's for Southwark are Southglade or Bulwell Riverside. To find details for these centers, or to find your nearest Children's Center then click on the website link below:
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?
That’s where we come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, the tools and advice here will help you keep your child safe. Click on the picture below to find out more.
You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube. For further information and a fact sheet on how to place parental controls on the site please download our fact sheet which will help you further.
With the help of a friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse.
You’ve probably already talked to your child about things like crossing the road safely. Talking to them about staying safe from sexual abuse is just as easy with the PANTS activity pack.
With fun tasks, word searches, games and stickers, you can help them learn without using any scary words.
Click on the dinosaur below to find out more.
Even though the relationship has ended between the adults, your role as parents has not stopped. Know your rights and make sure children get the right support. Separation and divorce can be a challenging and upsetting time for all involved. But although there may be a lot going on, it's important to make sure the children get the support they need. If there are any changes at home or in the contact arrangements for your child then please let school know as soon as you can so that we are aware of these changes and can support both you and your child in these.
For further support and guidance on how these issues then click on the picture below;
We've all been on the receiving end of them and most of us have had to instigate them at some time. But that doesn't make it any easier when we realise that we are going to have to have a "difficult" conversation with our child.
It might be because we have to break some bad news or try to find out more about something that doesn't seem quite right with them at the time. Whatever the subject, and however old the child you're talking to, there are lots of ways to make it a bit less painful for you both and maybe even come away from the conversation knowing that you're even closer to your child than before. For further advice and guidance on this topic then please click on the link below:
Mental illness can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better.
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people.
It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. But we’re here to help you spot the signs and know how to support them. If you think a child is in immediate danger then don't delay and call 999.
For further support and advice on your child's mental health then click on the picture below:
Lots of parents are concerned about underage drinking, drug taking and challenging behaviour.
Some children and teenagers drink alcohol or take drugs. But whether this is at home with their family, or with friends at a party, it's a parent's responsibility to make sure they:
are aware of the risks
know when enough is enough
Find out how you can keep your child safe and aware of the risks by clicking on the picture below:
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
If you would like any further advice or guidance or are worried about yours, or another child in school, then please come to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team who will assist and advise you further.