In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ as:
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect learners from:
At The Link School we are very clear, the welfare of our learners is paramount and we will offer early and additional help to prevent escalation.
Parents/Carers should be aware that The Link School will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our learners.
Where we are concerned a learner may be at risk of significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect of other forms of abuse, we have no alternative but to follow Sunderland Safeguarding Partnership’s Procedures which can be found here.
A copy of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found here:
The following staff have responsibility for Safeguarding:
Mrs Donna Walker –Head Teacher
Mr Dave Bromby – Head of School
Mr Rob Giles – Designated Safeguarding Lead – Head of School
Ms Wendy Ellison – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Andrea Howey – Assistant Head Teacher KS1
Ms Vicki Mitchell – EYFS/KS1 Teacher
Ms Leanne Clark – SENDCo
Our Governor with responsibility for is Safeguarding – Mrs Viv Ingleton
If you would like to speak to someone regarding Safeguarding please call the main school switchboard on (0191) 561 5777 / (0191) 561 4777 and ask for a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
If you are a member of staff and you have concerns, please log into CPOMS (Child Protection Online Management System)
We regularly provide updates to staff regarding specific safeguarding issues. Here’s some of the recent updates:
Please note that the North and South of Tyne Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual has been updated:
Please find attached and below a list of resources, these (and lots more) are also available on the SSCP website above.
For further advice click the PDF links below
THE impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.
But parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early – a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).
This new resource will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.
If you are worried that someone you know is being radicalised, visit http://www.actearly.uk/ You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk, or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, and our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.
Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777