Keeping Children Safe
Everyone at Nether Edge Primary School is passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment. Our staff are trained at regular intervals and are aware of how to keep our pupils safe and what signs to look for. Our pupils are encouraged to share any concerns that they have.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective procedures support families, children and staff who are part of our school.
Key people you can talk to in school about safeguarding:
Ms Sara Ahmed
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Anne Robson
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Sajida Afzal
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Michele Nott
Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Trudi Eldridge
Designated Safeguarding Governor
If school is closed
Our school’s opening times are 8.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Outside these times, you will not be able to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Designated Safeguarding Deputies; any messages left will be responded to when we return to school.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child or young person during these times, please contact the Sheffield Safeguarding Hub on 0114 2734855. If you think a child or a young person is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask to speak to the Police.
If you are a child or young person and are worried or feel unsafe then you can get help from Childline <https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/> a free, private and confidential service. You can chat online or on the phone, 0800 1111, any time.
During school hours
Contact the school on 0114 2550926 and ask to speak to Miss Sara Ahmed (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or one of our Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Michele Nott, Ms Anne Robson or Ms Sajida Afzal.
You can also email the school with any concerns at email@example.com
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Lead may report this concern to Social Services or other appropriate agencies.
Please remember that when a school refers a concern about a child, it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk.
Only adults who are safe to work with our children may be employed or volunteer at Nether Edge Primary. We undertake thorough checks including DBS checks, references, ID and full employment history.
We keep a Single Central Record of all of this information and this is regularly monitored.
Children come to school to learn and good attendance is important if they are to gain as much as possible from their time in school. When children miss lessons, it is harder for them to reach their full potential.
Poor attendance and punctuality can:
- Lead to children feeling unsettled at school
- Affect friendships
- Reduce confidence
- Lead to academic problems, reducing the long term life chances of children
Please support us in making sure your child comes to school regularly – this is a parents’ legal responsibility. Failing to come to school regularly will be considered a safeguarding matter.
Ms Sara Ahmed and Ms Natalie Short are our attendance officers – please contact them on 0114 2550926 if you would like to discuss any aspect of attendance.
What we Teach
We offer a secure and encouraging environment where children feel safe and their spiritual, moral and cultural development is enhanced through our PSHE/RSE curriculum, core values an our work with the local community and other agencies.
Pupils are taught how to safe online and this is reinforced in lessons and through assemblies. Pupils are taught what to do or who they can talk to if they are worried.
Ms Sara Ahmed is our online safety lead, supported by Ms Sajida Afzal, Ms Abi Layton, Ms Megan Crew-Meaney.
Nether Edge Primary School takes part in Operation Encompass. This means that information from the police and social care regarding domestic incidents is shared with school. This means we can make sure that our pupils are fully supported in school.
Miss Sara Ahmed is the lead for Operation Encompass.