What is Safeguarding?
Below is the NSPCC definition of safeguarding.
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.
The responsibility to keep children safe belongs to all of us. King Offa has a very clear Safeguarding Policy that is available on the website or from the school office.
Mr Dawson (Deputy Headteacher) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). He is supported by five deputy DSL's. They are Miss Baker (Headteacer), Mrs Irving (Assistant Headteacher), Miss Bishop (SENCo), Mr Gillham (Curriculum Consultant) and Ms Emmerson (Pastoral Manager)
The safeguarding governor is Anne McWilliams.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child, and wish to speak to a DSL, please make an appointment at the school office. Alternatively, if you have a concern about a child outside of school please contact the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) who can direct your concern to the correct place within East Sussex Children’s Services. This can be done anonymously if necessary.
To contact SPOA please call 01323 464222 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
More information and guidance on safeguarding, child protection, child abuse or neglect can be found on the following websites:
- Child Line (Children can call 0800 1111)
- NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
To ensure the safety of our children, all new visitors to the school are given an information leaflet to read and understand the expectations in our school.