Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection


Southway is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils and we require all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a duty of care to all our pupils to share any information about them which is a concern.

We endeavour to work in an open and transparent way and, unless the welfare of a child is believed to be at risk, we would share any concerns with parents before sharing information with other professionals.

If you have any questions about Safeguarding and Child Protection, or you have any concerns about a child, you can speak with one of our Child Protection Leads. Speak to your MAT Worker if you need more information.

See our policies for more information.

Useful Information for Parents and Carers

This page contains information on Keeping your Child Safe Online and Keeping your Child Safe from Sexual Exploitation

Keeping your Child Safe Online

In this growing age of technology, it is often difficult for parents to keep up with their children and their activities online. There is lots of information available to support and guide parents, we would like to share the following information with you so that you are able to support your child and keep them safe.

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Ofsted has created a webinar for schools and parents on how to keep children safe online. The aim is to raise awareness about e-safety.


The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to share information to Keep your Child Safe Online.

O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – providing personalised support for parents on privacy settings, new sites and apps, and general advice. Call on 0808 8005002, also available through live chat.

The NSPCC SHARE AWARE campaign has encouraged thousands of conversations between parents and their children about online safety issues.

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O2 Guru

Guru appointment – whether an O2 customer or not, you can book an in-store appointment with an O2 Guru to get advice and support on making family devices safe for children. 

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Google Good to Know – Google provides a four-piece guide on how to look after your data on the Internet.

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Vodafone has put together easily accessible information and advice for parents.
Vodafone has a new Be Strong campaign with lesson planning etc, so older children can share their knowledge with younger ones.

Net Aware

Net Aware – a popular guide to the 50 sites, apps and games used by young people.  Net Aware has been awarded the Best Product for Parents at the recent Digital Safety Awards.  It’s available as an app or parents can sign up for the newsletter for regular updates.

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Know IT All

Know It All highlights the gap that exists between children’s real experience online and adult awareness of these experiences.  The presentation contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.

Family and Parenting Institute

Is It Legal? – A guide for parents about the actions your child takes using mobile devices that could be an illegal offence.

Other useful information sheets:
Parents Information Sheet
Keeping Children & Young People Safe Online
Young People & Social Networking Sites

Parents Fact Sheet

Keeping Young Children Safe Online Young people and social networking sites Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine

Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine: Special Edition

Keeping Your Child Safe from Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over young people to sexually abuse them. Their power may result from a difference in age, gender, intellect, strength, money or other resources. As a parent, would you know what to look out for?

Signs of Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation.

  • Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late.
  • Skipping school or being disruptive in class.
  • Appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for.
  • Experiencing a health problem that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Having mood swings and changes in temperament.
  • Using drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone (“sexting”).
  • They may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns.

Please view the following resources for further information:

  • PACE Website – Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation. PACE works alongside parents and carers who are, or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family.
  • CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. The NCA’s CEOP (formally the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.
  • NWG Network – Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation. The National Working Group provides a network link of professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have been subjected to Child Sexual Exploitation