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Safeguarding and Child Protection at Sarah Bonnell

There have been some changes to the safeguarding and child protection team over the last two years. Alison Delaney is the Pastoral Manager and Designated Person for Child Protection. Alison is also the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for any concerns about radicalisation and has been trained to understand and respond to Child Sexual Exploitation. Alison has been joined by Frances Gell and Minnie Fergus as Safeguarding Officers. Our Deputy Headteacher, Rebecca Clark is the member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Safeguarding.

Our five non-teaching Year Leaders: Liz Fraser (Year 7); Antonia Costas (Year 8); Jodie Whitfield (Year 9);
Jade Brown (Year 10) and Theresa Cornwall (Year 11) are also involved in safeguarding issues as well as members of staff from our behaviour team, inclusion and Here 2 Listen (our counselling team).

Every member of staff and volunteers at the school receive safeguarding training when they join the school (and a refresher session each year), so everyone in the school community is aware of their duties and responsibility to keep our students safe. The school site has restricted access to the general public, with visitors monitored. The school uses safer recruitment principles when employing staff and volunteers. Registers are taken for every lesson and parents notified by text or phone if their daughters are not in school (if you do not currently receive absence texts from us, please provide us with an up to date mobile number so we can ensure these reach you).

We are committed to providing early help, to identify any needs and work closely with students and families to overcome these. We also work closely with other schools and agencies such as health, social care and the police.  We have a school nurse, Olu Odubanjo, and a school police officer, Georgia Clarke, who are able to assist us when working with families on health or police matters.

The safeguarding and child protection issues that affect our students are many and varied including: bullying and friendship issues; self-harm; physical and emotional abuse; sexual exploitation; social media grooming; witnessing domestic abuse; mental health; drugs; gangs; teenage arguments at home; truanting and low self-esteem.

If we are concerned enough about your daughter’s safety, we will make a referral to Newham Children and Young People’s Services and a social worker could become involved. If we do make a referral we will always notify you and your daughter unless social care or the police ask us not to.

Finally, if you are concerned about your daughter or any other child in school, please do not hesitate to contact Alison, Frances or Minnie.

Useful Links:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-strategy-2011

http://newhamlscb.org.uk