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Southmead

Children's Centre

We are open Mon-Fri

9:00am-16:00pm

 

Closed 12:30pm-2:30pm on Fridays

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0208 788 4379

Who has a duty to safeguard children?

 

Everyone!

 

We have a responsibility to report any concerns we may have regarding the welfare of children in our care to the local Social Services Department and to share information with partner agencies.

 

We have a rigorous and robust recruitment process that gathers evidence about staff suitability to work with children. All references are checked, and all staff, students, governors and volunteers must undergo an enhanced police check. All staff and volunteers also undertake regular Safeguarding training.

 

We are required to keep a log of any existing injuries which include explanations from adults and children.

 

At the Children's Centre our designated safeguarding lead is Sarah Dempsey (Principle Welfare and Child Protection Officer). Safeguarding concerns can also be reported to Natasha Birnie (Acting Headteacher) and Francesca Kelly (Centre Manager)

Child Welfare

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H)

It is very important that the Children’s Centre works in positive partnership with parents and carers, as the most significant people in their child’s life. You are your child’s first and most enduring educators. We therefore need your help to build on the foundations you have laid at home in order to help your child achieve success in their education and reach their full potential as modern, productive and caring citizens in our local and wider community.

 

Many children need a little extra help at some point in their education and so it may be that Nursery school/Daycare needs to seek professional advice from other experts in order for us to fully support children’s learning or development.

 

We work alongside:

- Health visitors

- Family Support Workers

- Midwives

- Locality Teacher

- Community Nursery Nurses

- Speech and Language Therapists

- Social Workers

- Educational Psychologists

- Child Psychotherapists

 

We work closely with other organisations in the local community including schools, community centres, local jobcentre plus and places of worship. Please see below some members of our multi agency team.