Safeguarding at Southminster Church of England Primary School
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children both in and out of school.
If anyone, any adult or any child, has any safeguarding concerns, including any related to radicalisation, they are encouraged to contact a member of our safeguarding team as soon as possible.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Bragg (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Cuthbert (Deputy Headteacher)
Deputy Designated safeguarding Lead
Mrs Tokgoz (SEND Coordinator)
If you have any safeguarding issue but would prefer not to speak to a member of staff; please contact Mrs Tosca Boothman (Chair of Trust Intervention Board) email@example.com
If we have reasonable cause for concern that a child may be at risk of significant harm, we will refer to social care. This referral can be made with or without us informing parents.
For further information please read our Child Protection Policy
If you are a young person and you need help, there is someone waiting to listen to you now if you contact one of the below immediately:
Childline 0800 11 11
NSPCC 0800 800 50000
If you have an urgent concern about the safety and welfare of a young person and cannot contact us here at school, seek advice from the above or contact:
Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board (Children & Families Hub) 0345 603 7627
At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).
For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide.
If a teacher notices a pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning they will seek guidance from the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). Advice will be given, which may include alternate strategies to support the pupils learning. Both class teacher and SENDCo will hold a meeting with parents to discuss next steps which could include:
- Advise parents to make an appointment to see the GP
- Referral to the Speech and Language Therapist service
- Referral to the Specialist Teacher Team
- Referral to Educational Psychologist service
- Referral to EWMHS (Emotional Welfare and Mental Health Services)
When a child is placed on the Special Educational Needs register, consultation with parents will continue through:
- Parent consultation day.
- One Plan meetings at least twice a year, working alongside pupils, parents and sometimes specialist agencies to set specific targets that work towards achieving a long-term goal.
- For pupils with a Statement/ Education Health Care plan (EHC Plan) Annual Review meetings.