Safe and Secure Environment
Nell Gwynn Nursery School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The School’s Child Protection (CP) policy draws upon duties conferred by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, The Children and Families Act 2014, S175 of the 2002 Education Act, The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (for independent schools), and the guidance contained in “Working Together to Safeguard Children”, the DfE’s statutory guidance “Keeping children safe in education”, Ofsted Guidance and procedures produced by the London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the Southwark Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB). We also have regard to the advice contained in DfE’s “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” and “Information Sharing – Advice for practitioners”. The policy is applicable to all on and off-site activities undertaken by pupils whilst they are the responsibility of the School.
To visit Southwark’s Safeguarding Website, CLICK HERE.
Our Safeguarding Team
Our team of dedicated staff assigned to Safeguarding within our school are as follows:
- Lynne Cooper – Designated Safeguarding Leader
- Philippa Baker – Desginated Safeguarding Leader & Looked After Children
- Ruby Annan-Nettey – Deputy Safeguarding Team Member
- Sam Halls – Deputy Safeguarding Team Member
- Kay Walsh – Deputy Safeguarding Team Member
Contact our team
Download our current Safeguarding Policy here: Safeguarding Policy
Postpartum Depression and Substance Abuse
Substance abuse can make it more difficult to treat postpartum depression because of the complication of having to treat multiple disorders.
For more information, visit The Recovery Village.
Online Safety – Parental Controls
Most internet providers have their own method of setting up parental controls, these are a great place to start with controlling what children can see online. The NSPCC website also has lots of information
There is some specific information about e-safety during the COVID-19 available online:
Looking after the digital wellbeing
Childnet International has produced guidance for parents and carers on looking after the digital wellbeing of children and young people, which you may find useful and want to share with your parents/carers and/or put on your school’s website. The guidance includes having an awareness of how being online can make children and young people feel, and how they can look after themselves and others when online. The guidance includes: age specific information for 3-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds, 11-14 year olds and 14-18 year olds, about how children and young people are interacting with the internet; top tips to support young people at this age; and ideas to help start a conversation about digital wellbeing.
The guidance can be accessed via https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/digital-wellbeing-%E2%80%93-guidance-parents.
The recent rise in the national threat-level to ‘critical’ will mean more visible police patrols across London in the days ahead. Armed patrols will be visible at high-profile sites in our city, around transport hubs, and at major events. The armed forces may also be deployed at select locations to support their policing colleagues.
For young people, we recognise that this increased security activity may be a source of concern; we feel it is important to provide the reassurance that this activity is the best way to keep Londoners safe, and the general advice to the public continues to be ‘be alert but not alarmed’.
To support efforts in responding to recent events we wanted to take the opportunity to signpost a few websites which you may find useful:
- The Educate Against Hate website is support by the Department for Education, and includes a wide range of resources and materials suitable for both primary and secondary schools in relation to extremism, radicalisation, and terrorism: www.educateagainsthate.com
- For parents and families, the NSPCC website now includes updated information and practical guidance about what to do if young people are worried about terrorism: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/
- Finally, for young pupils in particular, the team at BBC Newsround have put together an excellent page of advice and reassurance for those worried or frightened after these events: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002
Underwear rules guide for parents/carers of children with autism
Although the information is specifically targeted for parents/carers of children with autism, we are sure the advice it contains will be helpful for parents/carers of all young children.
View the information HERE.
Protecting against Radicalization & FGM links
Please click on the links below to find out more.
Mental Health Links
- Mental Health information – www.youngminds.org.uk
- The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – www.cwmt.org.uk
For more information, please download the documents below.
- Safeguarding Policy
- – COVID-19 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Addendum
- Protecting children in education settings
- Southwark FGM Guidance Update
- Southwark Practice Guidance on Safeguarding children from extremism
- Southwark multi agency threshold guide
- LSCB Thresholds