SAFEGUARDING

Update: Sexual misconduct in schools

Parents and carers may be aware of the current national investigation into sexual misconduct within schools, partly sparked by testimonies given on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website.

Please visit www.q1e.co.uk/key-information/safeguarding/ to read more about the actions that we and our trust are taking, in light of this.

If you or your child is worried about anything, please do contact the school. You can speak to our designated safeguarding lead (Ms Atherton) or any member of staff.

You can also contact the dedicated new NSPCC helpline for children who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults who need guidance, on 0800 136 663.

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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. All professionals should ensure that their approach is child centred: this means considering at all times what is in the best interests of the child. Concerns must always be logged and staff members must raise any safeguarding concerns with the appropriate safeguarding lead without delay. Parents should feel able to come and talk to any of our team, and/or the safeguarding leads named below. 

Safeguarding policies: We regularly update key policies in relation to safeguarding. On our policies page you can find our policies for Child Protection and Safeguarding, Online Safety, Whistleblowing and other relevant policies. Our online learning page also has information about keeping children safe online.

Key roles in safeguarding

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at Belleville is Sarah Atherton
  • The Designated Members of Staff (DMS) are Laura Britten, Gus Brooks, Samantha Burst, Hannah Coles, Michelle Hayfron, Mary Lyne Latour, Megan Shaw, Ben Matthews.
  • The Designated Local Governors for Safeguarding are Paloma Belaunde and Claire Bourke
  • The Quality First Education Trust's Designated Trustee for Safeguarding is Rachael Dupont


Child protection procedures
If there are serious concerns about immediate risk to a child or that a child has suffered significant harm and continues to be at risk, the school will contact the local authority and/or the Wandsworth Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) immediately. If a child is in immediate danger, the police will also be contacted.

For more safeguarding advice, resources and links for parents please see our safeguarding for parents page, our online safety page and our useful info page.