Safeguarding newsletter for parents

'Safeguarding'. It's one of those words you hear a lot. We're publishing a regular newsletter to help you make sense of everything 'safeguarding'.

Edition 1: October 2021

Welcome to Co-op Academy Southfield’s first Safeguarding update for parents. 

We believe it is important that everybody understands their safeguarding responsibilities. We want you to stay up to date with all the changes and learn about how we take care of your children, because they are important to us too. 

Each issue will focus on different areas of Safeguarding. If, after reading, you have any questions please feel free to contact a member of the safeguarding team who will be more than happy to speak to you.

Useful Safeguarding Acronyms

  • CCE: Child Criminal Exploitation
  • CSE: Child Sexual Exploitation
  • DSL: Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • FGM: Female Genital Mutilation

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is an action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. This includes:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

What do we do at Southfield to keep your children safe?

Our first priority is to keep your child safe by ensuring all staff are up to date and trained. We do this by having a compulsory annual safeguarding training for all staff, we follow this up by producing safeguarding updates every term to keep staff informed of any changes. And to make sure staff understand what we are training, we ask them to complete a quiz to monitor their level of awareness. We also have safeguarding notices around the school to remind staff of our policies.

We also:

Ensure all the adults who work here have had an enhanced DBS check done.Are an Anti-bullying school.Are proactive against racism. 
Protect the children from harrassment and discrimination.Have a positive approach to behaviour management.Make sure the school is secure and safe.
Meet the needs of the children with medical conditions and administer First Aid where required.Ensure we have policies and procedures to safeguard the children from harm.Keep children safe when using the Internet.

Our safeguarding team

We are committed to working with all our parents and students, actively promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all our students. 

If you want to report a concern or suspect a child is in danger or being abused or have any safeguarding queries please do not hesitate to contact any member of the safeguarding team, they are there to work with you and not against you.

Taslim Afzal Viki Clough Oonagh McNee Sally Kelly

Rachel Hodgson Gaynor Bainbridge Tom Hodgson

Self Care

We know most of us have been affected by Coronavirus in some way, it’s okay not to feel okay and you are not alone. If you feel you need advice, support or guidance on mental health, financial help, bereavement help or anything else for yourself or your loved ones please contact the following organisations who can support you and guide you.

Bereavement Support

Financial Help & legal Advice

Mental Health 

Support for Carers

If you want to learn more about safeguarding children and young people or how to support yourself or your family, the following charities can help.