Safeguarding & Child Protection
At Southmoor Academy we have a strong culture of ‘safeguarding’ that runs throughout every level of our staff. Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children’s health or development and ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
The school is committed to ensuring that children are safe whilst with us. This means that not only have we made every attempt to make our site secure but take a firm line on bullying: our implementation of policies in both areas has been inspected and praised by the Local Authority.
All of our staff receive regular safeguarding training and we have dedicated safeguarding specialists who are there to support pupils should they need it. We make stringent safeguarding checks upon the suitability of all applicants when recruiting.
Within the PSHE programme, there are modules on keeping safe and we focus upon teaching students e-safety.
If you have any concerns, or are worried about anyone you know then please speak with one of our especially trained members of staff below.
Your school leads for student safeguarding are Miss O McCourt, Mrs E. Edmonds and Ms N. Murley.
The Safe Guarding Team at Southmoor Academy
Keep them Safe
- Follow this link to the Childnet website for useful information and advice for parents about ONLINE GAMING
- FORTNITE – Online safety information about the game
- Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and the Safeguarding Children E-Academy have teamed up to create a free, interactive e-learning course that equips parents, carers and others interested in learning more about child sexual exploitation with the knowledge and information to help safeguard children from this abuse.
Learners will be able to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation, to understand the impact of this abuse and know what to do if they suspect a child might be at risk.
To register for this free online please click here.
- You can also access the PACE website directly here.
- If you would like some advice on monitoring your child’s use of apps please read this document document.
Useful resources for parents are the guides from ‘Think U Know’ and the NSPCC:
Vodafone have been particularly supportive of parents with the ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine they have produced for five years now. The magazine is available as a downloadable pdf here.
Useful Contacts during the Coronavirus Closure
This document is an excellent resource for safeguarding advice during the Coronavirus Outbreak.
If you are worried a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm please contact Together for Children Sunderland on 0191 520 5560.
If a crime has been committed please contact the police on 999.
Help for children and young people and families:
Sunderland – Together for Children 0191 5825560 or https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/
Mental Health Support
• CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) – 0191 566 5500
• Crisis Team for young people experiencing a crisis in their mental health. Staffed by qualified mental health nurses 24 hours a day. Telephone number 03031231145
• Cruse Bereavement Care support for children, young people and adults when someone dies. Telephone: 0808 808 1677
Support to Stop Online Radicalisation
Further Advice & Support
We know that parenting and caring for children is often difficult and there are many things which we need to be vigilant with to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. Below you will find some useful resources should you feel our need help or advice.
Safety on our School Site
The school has a high level of security, with the perimeter of the buildings being protected by a security fence and all doors into the school being of a secure design. We also have 24 hour CCTV in operation throughout the school building and in the school yards. Visitors wear visible identification badges when inside the school and are only permitted to access the building unsupervised with the correct DBS certifications.
To protect the students, staff and the building during the school day, once the students have been allowed into the building at the start of a school session, all outside doors are on an automatic time lock. This is not a danger to the children, as in the event of an emergency, students can quickly leave the building by the emergency exits leading out to the secure area at the side of the building.
There are well publicised fire evacuation procedures and regular fire drills are conducted throughout the school year. Students have their own W.C facilities which are attended by staff when they are available for use at break and lunchtime. We have dedicated members of staff who act as qualified first aid providers in cases of injury/medical emergency and also keep an emergency defibrillation device help securely in our school office for cardiac emergencies.