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Twin Oaks Primary School

Keeping Children Safe

Safeguarding is everyone's business

‘Working together to Safeguard Children’ defines the term Safeguarding as “protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes”.


Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to aspects of school life including pupils’ health, safety and wellbeing including their mental health; managing behaviour; meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions; meeting the needs of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities; online safety and associated issues; and appropriate arrangements to ensure school security.

Twin Oaks Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Strict child protection and recruitment procedures operate and all appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service. All staff (including premises and lunchtime staff) are kept up to date with the latest updates from 'Keeping Children Safe In Education' and receive training throughout the year and on appointment.

All staff have completed safeguarding training in September 2019. If you would like to know the latest information, please click the link below.

Recently there have been important updates to the safeguarding duties for schools, including the statutory duty to report Honour based Violence (HBV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Radicalisation (through PREVENT).

If an adult has a concern about any aspect of the welfare or well-being of a child they should inform a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Designated Safeguarding Leads at Twin Oaks Primary School are:

DSL                               Deputy DSL
 Lisa Shearsby Karen Cartwright    Amy Langridge

                                                                       

 

Please read the following documentation for more information.

Safeguarding Policy 

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Working Together to Safeguard Children

If you think a child is immediate danger call  999.

If you think a child may be at risk call Lewisham MASH on 020 8314 6660 

Support for Parents

There is a lot of support out there to help you.

See https://www.twinoaks.lewisham.sch.uk/Staying-Safe-online/ for specific online safety advice.

NSPCC have great sources of help:  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/ 

Our local children's centre is a great source of support https://www.lewishamcfc.org.uk/ 

Money concerns?  See support here: 

worried about money.pdf

 Health and wellbeing support https://www.mecclink.co.uk/location?location=lewisham 

 The Bank of Things

A service, based on the principles of a food bank and aimed at helping young people take an active role in their education, has now opened its doors. The Bank of Things is a Young Mayors Project working with Lewisham Local to address the issue of poverty and lack of resources for young people in the borough. They supply everyday necessities to any Londoner aged 11 to 25 who is facing hardship.

If you are struggling to afford everyday essentials such as personal care products or school supplies, you can go and collect what you need from the Bank of Things, Unit 19 in Lewisham Shopping Centre. Items include deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and sanitary products, as well as a selection of stationery, maths sets and scientific calculators.

For more information visit Lewisham Bank of Things - Lewisham Local.