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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 Tom Newman.
  • The Designated Members of Staff (DMS) are Sami Burst, Rachel Carruthers, Hannah Coles, Mary-Lyne Latour, Sarah Peach, Megan Shaw, Joanne Sultan
  • The Designated Local Governor for Safeguarding is Fiona Macnab
  • The Quality First Education Trust's Designated Trustee for Safeguarding is Karen Parkinson

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. 

Update: Sexual misconduct in schools

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

Please visit Quality First Education Trust - 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 (Mr Newman) 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.