Worried about a Child?
Click on this link to report concerns if you are worried about a child.
You can also call 'Front Door for Families' directly on 01273 290400 or email FrontDoorForFamilies@brighton-hove.gov.uk
If you would like support to complete this referral, please speak with Mr Scrase, Ms Warland or Mrs Burcombe.
Children, if you have a worry or concern, speak to any member of staff or call Childline on 0800 1111 - they will offer advice and support whatever your worry.
The NSPCC provides advice and support to adults who are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child. They are available 24 hours a day. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0808 800 5000
Child Protection & Safeguarding
We ask that parents and carers understand that all child protection actions undertaken by the school are guided by what is considered to be in the best interests of the child, however difficult this may be for all adults concerned. It is the duty of all adults to report and log incidents which may affect the safeguarding of our children. At Coombe Road Primary School, we believe that a caring school promotes the welfare, health and safety of every child. We take our statutory duty and pastoral duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children very seriously.
The designated safeguarding lead at Coombe Road Primary School is Mr Scrase (headteacher) and there are two deputy safeguarding leads, Mrs C Burcombe (Assistant Headteacher) and Ms Warland (Business Manager and Child Welfare Officer). It is their responsibility to ensure that all concerns are recorded accurately and referred to the appropriate agency quickly so that necessary actions are taken to promote children’s welfare. It is also their responsibility to ensure that all staff and volunteers are trained to an appropriate level and are confident in sharing concerns they have with the designated safeguarding lead. This training takes place each year.
Each term the designated safeguarding lead meets with the safeguarding governor so that she can monitor the school's strategic approach. If you have a safeguarding concern about a member of our school community or have a question regarding a safeguarding matter please ask to speak to one of the members of staff above.
To download our safeguarding related policies, visit our policies section by clicking here.
To read our visitor safeguarding/health & safety leaflet, please click here.
teaching children safeguarding
As part of our safeguarding strategy, we ensure that we teach children about safeguarding and how to stay safe. To find out how this fits our curriculum, click here.
Preventing child-on-child abuse
In June 2021, Ofsted published a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. It recommended that schools, colleges and multi-agency partners act as though sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are happening, even when there are no specific reports. This is because the review has revealed how prevalent sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are for children and young people. In light of this, even where school and college leaders do not have specific information that indicates sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are problems for their children and young people, they should act on the assumption that they are. Leaders should take a whole-school/college approach to developing a culture where all kinds of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are recognised and addressed.
To read our child-on-child abuse policy, please click here.
SAFEGUARDING and PUPIL VOICE
We value the views of our children to improve our safeguarding at Coombe Road Primary School. To find out more, please click here. Our focus groups, wellbeing survey and child-on-child abuse policy show our commitment to ensuring that child-on-child abuse is prevented in our school.
We take online very seriously at Coombe Road Primary School. Please click here to see our dedicated online safety page for help and support.
If you need help or support relating to extremism or if you want to find out more about the Government's Prevent policy, click here.
SAFETY NET GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
Safety Net is an organisation who work together to keep children and young people safe from abuse. They have helpful advice to enable you, as a parent/carer, to keep your child safe. Click on the image to access their website.
We are part of Operation Encompass, which ensures that we receive notifications from police of any domestic abuse incidents involving children. Brighton and Hove City Council have links to several organisations which can offer you or your family help and advice too. Please click here.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
For further information on mental health and wellbeing services, including information about the school nurse team, advice on managing anxiety or support with a family member's drinking, click here.
Help your child to keep themselves safe - Talk PANTS.
HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS
Click on the image to access traffic light tools to support with recognising worrying sexual behaviour - for parents and carers.
TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES
Coombe Road Primary School takes e-safety extremely seriously. As such it has a wide range of safety features, anti-virus/malware software, firewalls, filters and monitoring systems in place to avoid inappropriate, harmful or illegal content or activities taking place.
The school ensures that pupils will have good access to digital technologies i.e. Internet, software/apps, making recordings of images, video, audio to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect them to agree to be responsible users. This acceptable use agreement is intended to ensure:
- that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the Internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use; and
- that school ICT systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk.
These e-safety rules are designed to keep your child safe online and we ask you to read through them with your child to ensure their understanding.
All members of staff (including visitors using technology) are also asked to sign an acceptable use policy: