The Bromfords School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the child or young person’s welfare is our paramount concern.
We have a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) who are available anytime that school is open or school functions/trips are taking place.
- Mrs Lorraine Briffaut
- Mr Daniel Osei-Poku
- Mr Jamie Richards
- Mrs El McCueDeputy
- Mr Aaron RowswellDeputy
- Miss Emma HuetDeputy
You can report a concern using the button at the top of the page or email the safeguarding team.
Outside of school hours, such as holidays:
If a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.
If you’re worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child, call the children’s line on 0345 603 7627. This phone line is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5:30pm, and Fridays 9am to 4:30pm.
For out of hours or bank holidays, call the emergency duty team on 0345 606 1212.
If your concern does not meet these thresholds but you would still like someone to be aware of a situation you can email our out of hours safeguarding team. This email is regularly monitored out of school hours.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children has an important role to play. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, promote children’s welfare and prevent concerns from escalating. It is important all staff (including those who do not work directly with children) recognise the important role they play in protecting children. – Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work, prevent duty and so much more.
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
All staff receive regular Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child or young person’s welfare.
We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child or young person’s welfare.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School’s designated safeguarding leads.
There will be occasions when we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns over a child or young person’s welfare.
The SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures have been updated to reflect current practice and changes in legislation.
Child on Child abuse
The Bromfords School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students, so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Peer on peer abuse of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If peer on peer abuse does occur, all students can talk to someone, secure in the knowledge that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Incidents of peer on peer abuse will be managed in the same way as any other child protection concern and will follow the same procedures. We will seek advice and support from other agencies as appropriate.
Click here for the School’s Child on Child Abuse Policy
Children and young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs
Independent charity Crimestoppers is highlighting that children and young people across Essex are at risk of becoming involved with gangs and the violence and abuse that often follows. Please read their press release below for more details, especially if you are concerned about your children.
Supporting student mental health and wellbeing
For more information on how we support the mental health and wellbeing of students, click here.
Childline: 0800 1111
The link below covers guides to many of the social media platforms that children are using should you wish to view them.