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Safeguarding Statement

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Early help is key. 

South Lee Prep School & Nursery, Bury St Edmunds is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of all our pupils while they are in school. We firmly uphold belief that every student has the fundamental right to receive their education within a nurturing, caring, and secure environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are trained to remain vigilant for any signs of distress in our pupils and are confident and well-prepared to apply our safeguarding procedures effectively to prevent and alleviate any potential issues or problems. 

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone within our school community is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. It is our mission to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and protected. Should you ever have concerns regarding the safety or well-being of anyone within our school, please do not hesitate to approach one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). Their contact information is provided below.

Our school's commitment to safeguarding and promoting children's welfare extends to all staff, parents and volunteers associated with us. To fulfil this commitment, we have established a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection policy, as well as associated procedures. 

We encourage parents and caregivers to review these policy. There may be instances where we may need to share information and work in partnership with external agencies when concerns arise regarding a child's welfare. However, we will ensure that we will always communicate our concerns with the child's parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that doing so would be detrimental to the child's well-being. In cases where a staff member is concerned about a child's welfare, they are obligated to record their concerns, including any relevant observations or conversations heard, and report them to one of the DSLs on the same day. 

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff, indicating potential unsuitability to work with children, such matters will be reported to the Head (or, in cases involving the Head, to the Chair of Governors). The appropriate actions will then be considered and taken accordingly. 

South Lee Prep School & Nursery 
Safeguarding Team

Concerned about a pupil? - Report to Mrs Sarah Catchpole (DSL) or Mrs Donna Macfarlane (Deputy DSL)

Concerned about a member of staff? - Report to Mrs Jo Coventry-King (Head)

Concerned about the Head or SMT? - Report to Mr Steve Honeywood (Chair of Governors)

If none of the above are available and you are worried about a child, contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 0300 500 80 90.

If none of the above are available and you are worried about a member of staff, contact the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO): 0300 123 2044 or email: lado@suffolk.gov.uk

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