South Malling Primary and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in the commitment.
South Malling strives to provide a school environment where all pupils are safe, secure, valued, respected and each one is heard. South Malling takes seriously the duty to protect and prevent harm, whilst also promoting the health and development of children both within and outside of the school. Every member of staff appreciates the duty to report any concerns they may have about a child, primarily through the designated safeguarding lead and deputies.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Designated Safeguarding Leads: 01273 473016
Mrs Jo O’Donoghue - Headteacher
Miss Annie Schulte - Deputy Headteacher and inclusion Manager
Mrs Susan Warren - School Business Manager
Mrs Rachael Burgess - Mental Health First Aider & Mental Health Champion
Safeguarding Governor: Clare Callow
Copies of our Child Protection and Safeguarding; Online Safety; Supporting Children with Medical Needs; and Behaviour policies can all be found here.