Safeguarding Your Child
All schools have a clear responsibility placed on them by the Children Act 1989 and by guidance from the Department for Education to safeguard the welfare of all their pupils. In doing so, schools are expected to consult with Children’s Social Care if they believe there is a possibility that a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect.
A referral to Children’s Social Care is not intended to be an accusation of any particular action or against any particular person. It is the reporting of concerns which have come to the school’s attention. This is in accordance with Tower Hamlets Local Safeguarding Children Board’s Child Protection Procedures.
Lansbury Lawrence Primary School has a Child Protection Policy and this refers to Tower Hamlets Local Safeguarding Children Board’s Child Protection Procedures. Both of these documents are publicly available and can be consulted by parents / carers.
Main Safeguarding Contacts
|Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL)||Monique de Jager (Deputy Head Teacher & Designated Lead Officer)|
Owen O’Regan (Head Teacher)
|Single Point of Contact for Prevent||Monique de Jager|
|Designated Teacher for Looked After Children||Vicky Absalom (SENCo)|
|Safeguarding Governor||Geoff Cannell|
Any one of the above-named people will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns parents / carers may have about Child Protection practice.
Abuse / Harm is identified in four ways:
Is when a child is deliberately hurt or injured
Is when a child is made to feel frightened worthless or unloved. It can be by shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents/carers, or visitors to the home, fighting or using violence
Is when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical activity or none physical, e.g. being made to look at an inappropriate image.
Is when a child is not being taken care of by their parents/carers. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet , not keeping appointments for additional support, not coming to school or being left home alone
Attendance – Your child’s attendance is monitored daily and significant absences are always followed up by the attendance officer. The school has an attendance policy that you should read and understand and at times, you may be asked to produce travel documents if you are taking your child out of school during term time or for other long periods of time.
Behaviour – Lansbury Lawrence has clear behaviour rules for the whole school community that must be followed to keep everyone safe and happy. We understand that children do sometimes fall out and this will be dealt with by an adult who will listen to the children involved and help resolve the situation.
Bullying – The school takes all cases of bullying very seriously and will work with children and families to try and resolve any problems. The school has an anti-bullying policy that you should read and understand.
Health and Safety – Everyone at school has a responsibility to keep adults and children safe within the school environment. The school has a clear health and safety policy which everyone must follow. The school have fully trained first aiders to deal with any accidents in school.
E‐safety – The school recognises that technology plays an important role in the education of our children and is committed to safeguarding children in the virtual world. Parents/carers should be vigilant and ensure that their children are accessing age appropriate social media platforms including the use of video games which are not suitable for the child’s age. To support parents, the school has e‐safety information to help keep your children safe both at home and in school, which is available on our schools website and on request.
Complaints – If you have any complaints about how the school is working with you or your child please feel confident to speak to us. The Headteacher will always be happy to speak to you to resolve any difficulties. It is better to speak to us as soon as you have a concern so that it does not become a bigger issue. If you do not feel the matter has been resolved, you can raise your concerns with the Chair of Governors.
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 details the ‘Prevent Duty’ for schools which equips us with the knowledge we need to look out for signs of potential extremist or radicalised behaviour. As parents, you may find the following websites and documents useful:
In-School Programmes and Outreach
We have a range of programmes in school as well as visiting support workers aimed at supporting our pupils with their Social, Emotional and Mental Health.
To discuss a referral to an in-school programme or an outreach worker, please contact Ms Vicky Absalom (SENCo)
Useful contacts to report a concern:
If you need help then please contact one of the following:
If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed through abuse or neglect you should contact the children’s services advice and assessment team on
020 7364 5601 or 020 7364 5606.
Alternatively you can speak to a police officer, teacher, health visitor, doctor or the NSPCC.
Useful Websites for parents
|Service||Help with:||Contact||Website link|
|NSPCC||Abuse, neglect and prevention||08001111||www.nspcc.org.uk|
|St Joseph’s Psychological Therapies Team||Bereavement||
0300 303 0400 (intake team no)
0208 525 6000 ext. 5140
|The Drop In Bereavement Centre||Bereavement||0207 511 6444||http://www.dropinbereavementcentre.btck.co.uk/|
08452 03 04 05
|Bullying UK||Bullying||Helpline 0808 800 2222||http://www.bullying.co.uk/|
|The Centre for Better Health||Counselling and psychotherapy||Tel: 020 8985 3570
|Hestia||Domestic Violence||South Asian Service – 0207 517 1420
Generic – 0207 858 6500
Floating Support – 0207 517 1420
|Young Minds||Emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and YP||0808 802 5544 firstname.lastname@example.org||Website|
|Food Bank||Food bank||
St Marys and Holy Trinity Bow church
Mondays from 10-2.
|Shelter||Housing and Homeless||
0344 515 1540 help line
|Tower Hamlets Befriending Service||Mental Health||Tel: 020 7613 0147
|Praxis Community Projects||Migrants and refugees||Tel: 020 7728 7985
Fax: 020 7729 0134
|New Londoners, Children’s Society||Refugees and Migrants||Call: 020 7474 7222 Text: 077 1441 2351 Manager: Clair Cooke||Website|
|RISE Project (run by New Londoners, Children’s Society)||Refugees and Migrants||Call: 020 7474 7222 Text: 077 1441 2351 Email: email@example.com||Website|
|Early Help and Transition Team (formerly known as Targeted Youth Support)||YP Support||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure email: email@example.com
Please call 0207 364 2707