The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that the wellbeing of children is safeguarded and promoted. It works together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering harm. We recognise that all Staff and Governors have a full and active part to play (consistent with their roles and responsibilities) in protecting our students from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern. We believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical, spiritual and moral development of the individual child.

What do you do if you have concerns about a child’s safety?

If you are concerned about a child’s well-being or safety, please notify a member of the school’s safeguarding team: South Bersted Safeguarding Booklet for visitors

If you are concerned about a child’s safety outside of school, or during the school holidays you can raise your concerns with Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): Making a referral

The NSPCC helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you are concerned about a child, if you are a parent or carer looking for advice and guidance. NSPCC Helpline

Safer Recruitment:

South Bersted Church of England is committed to ensure that all steps are taken to recruit staff and volunteers who are safe to work with our pupils/students and have their welfare and protection as the highest priority. The Governing Body and School Leadership Team are responsible for ensuring that the school follows safe recruitment processes outlined within Guidance, including accurate maintenance of the Single Central Record; and an application, vetting and recruitment process which places safeguarding at its centre, regardless of employee or voluntary role.

If you are interested in volunteering at South Bersted Church of England Primary School, please refer to our Volunteer Policy and speak to Mrs Osman in the school office.