Our designated safeguarding lead is Mrs L Gasser (Headteacher).
Our deputy designated safeguarding leads are Miss K Lowrey, Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Emily Cowdry, SENDCo.
Mr D Rock, Assistant Headteacher, and Ms L George, learning mentor, are also part of the school safeguarding team.
Our Chair of Governors, Mr Nigel Bloodworth is our safeguarding governor.
Southbourne Junior 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 contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website and is also attached below.
We recognise that in an ever-changing and fast moving world it is essential that we promote children's well-being, confidence and resilience, and that we provide them with up to date and age-appropriate information and signpost them to places where they can find support, where necessary.
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 their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We see protecting our children from the risk of radicalisation as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and that it is similar in nature to protecting students from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, cyber-bullying, neglect, and sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. We acknowledge the Prevent duty, and we have due regard to the need to prevent children and their families from being drawn into any illegal activity, including terrorism.
All staff are expected to uphold the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are promoted through our values and ethos, the curriculum including PSHE, citizenship and assembly themes.