Safeguarding our children in school
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding means the actions we take and the systems we have in place at New Horizons Seaside Primary to promote the welfare of our children and to protect them from harm. We ensure that safeguarding permeates all aspects of our school life. There can be no issue of greater importance to our staff, governors and parents and carers, than the safety of our children.
We ensure that the following underpins everything we do:
Who do I contact if I have a Safeguarding concern about a child at New Horizons Seaside Primary?
Deputy Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding: Mr R Nicholas, Deputy Headteacher
Who else can I contact?
If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.
If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). You can contact the MASH during office hours on the details below:
Tel: 01403 229 900
The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT
When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the MASH decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.
NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285
Seaside Primary is taking part in a project that is being run jointly between schools and Sussex Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass ensures that a trained member of the school staff is able to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence, whilst ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.