Safeguarding & Early Help
Bitterne Manor Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that are in line with Southampton Local Authority and contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy, both of which can be found 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.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
At Bitterne Manor Primary School, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mr Adams) and two deputies (Mrs Egerton and Mrs Abbott). If you have a safeguarding concern, please raise this with one of them. If a child makes a disclosure in school, this will be passed to the DSL, who will decide the appropriate action. The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Nic Brown, who can be contacted via the school office.
The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection. In practice, 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. Child protection is one aspect of safeguarding. Child protection is the term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children, who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Bitterne Manor Primary School has a separate Child Protection Policy, which can be viewed below.
Our DSLs can also support families with Early Help applications and charity referrals, so please do have a conversation with us if you are experiencing difficulties. Alternatively, families can self refer. Further information on this can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
The Southampton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on Telephone (office hours): 023 8083 3336; Out of hours: 023 8023 3344. Further information and details of accessing Early Help can be found on their website:
Other Useful Websites:
- Action for Children
- Anna Freud National Centre - Charity supporting Mental Health.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection - Information for parents / carers concerned about online activity.
- Educate Against Hate - Online safety advice for parents / carers.
- Gov UK - Government guidance.
- NHS - Change for Life - Information and advice from the NHS.
- Safer Internet Centre - Online safety advice for parents / carers.
- Southampton City Mission and Basics Bank - Provider of food and clothing to families in need.
- Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Young Minds - Information for parents / carers concerned about their child's mental health.