Bitterne Manor Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our policies and procedures are in line with Southampton Local Authority and contribute to our safeguarding commitment. These can be viewed below.
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.
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 first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
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, so please do have a conversation with us if you are experiencing difficulties.