What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment.
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development.
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Sudbourne's Safeguarding Statement

  • At Sudbourne Primary School we put the well-being and safety of our pupils and staff at the heart of what we do.  
  • We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
  • We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment.  The most important policy is our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy - see below.  
  • We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. 
  • Staff are trained to look out for signs of harm or neglect and are required to report these to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
  • The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Lambeth’s Safeguarding Team and Lambeth’s Safeguarding Children Board.
  • Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
  • We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, please do not hesitate to share your concerns with either the school or Lambeth Children’s Services.  

Safeguarding Policy

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is reviewed every year and can be found below.  

Sudbourne Primary School Safeguarding Contacts

  • The senior designated safeguarding lead is: Sophia Henderson, Head of School
  • The deputy designated safeguarding lead is:   Louise Gee, Assistant Headteacher
  • The Governor for safeguarding children is: Sinead McBrearty
  • The designated lead for children looked after is: Sophia Henderson, Head of School

Local Authority Contacts

  • Lambeth Children’s services first response telephone: 020 7926 3100 (for professionals)
  • Lambeth Children’s services general public referral line: 020 7926 5555
  • Out of hours telephone: 0207 926 1000
  • Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): Andrew Zachariades
  • Telephone: 0772 082 8700




Designated safeguarding lead (DSL)

Ms Hollie Kingshott

Deputy DSL

Mrs Louise Gee-Crespo


Designated Looked After Children lead

Ms Hollie Kingshott


Executive Headteacher

Mr James Broad


Local authority designated officer (LADO)

Mr Andrew Zachariades

Chair of governors

Ms Hannah Sheehan

Safeguarding governor

Ms Sinead McBrearty

Safeguarding Concerns

If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child at Sudbourne, please either:

Email the Designated Safeguarding Lead via:

or if you wish to make raise a concern anonymously, you can contact:

Lambeth Children's Social Care Services on: 0207 926 555


Early Help

If you/your family are facing difficulties, and you are worried that you might need help to protect and care for your child(ren), the Lambeth's Community Early Help is here for you.

Lambeth Community Early Help is a partnership approach to ensuring that children, young people and families receive additional support at the earliest opportunity to prevent difficulties and take immediate action when emerging difficulties are identified to prevent them from getting worse.

Sudbourne Primary School can support you with a referral to Early Help - we have helped many families this way.  Lambeth Early Help are exactly that - a helping, supportive services (not social workers) who can help you in a vaste range of areas from finance/debt management, to parenting skills, to mental well-being support.

Do speak to Sophia Henderson, DSL if you think that your family might benefit from Early Help support.

More infomation HERE.


Pastoral Care

At Sudbourne Primary School, our aim is to provide the highest quality pastoral care throughout the school. All staff work together to help pupils at Sudbourne achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally.

All staff members at Sudbourne are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of all our children and their families. We are happy to speak to pupils and parents/carers about any concerns they may have.

Our children are encouraged to make the most of their time at Sudbourne, so every effort is made to remove barriers to successful learning and to equip young people with the confidence and skills to be enthusiastic learners and effective members of the community.

Our aims are:

  • To offer an environment which will support the emotional health and well-being of all our pupils.
  • To support and empower families who are experiencing challenges.
  • To help our children develop empathy for social, spiritual, emotional and physical needs within the school.
  • To uphold an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
  • To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the best outcomes for every pupil.