We operate a culture of vigilance at Bremer, keeping our children and staff safe is paramount, safeguarding and child protection is at the heart of everything we do. Our most recent Section 11 safeguarding visit from the Local Authority (September 2023) graded us as good and outstanding for safeguarding.
We are proud of this external validation and strive to keep our standards high as we change, evolve and adapt to the risks that your people face in today’s society. We are a trauma informed school and we work to ensure the environment and culture of our school is inclusive and recognises the challenges every single individual faces.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
The school aims to ensure that:
- Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare
- All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
- Staff are properly training in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues
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Safeguarding and child protection is everyone’s responsibility. The safeguarding policy applies to all staff, volunteers and governors in the school. Our policy and procedures also apply to extended school and off-site activities.
Responsibility of staff
All staff will read and understand part 1 and annex B of the Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and review this guidance at least annually. All staff will be aware of:
- Our systems which support safeguarding, including this safeguarding policy, the staff code of conduct, the role and identity of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputies, the behaviour policy, and the safeguarding response to children who go missing from education
- The early help process (sometimes known as the common assessment framework) and their role in it, including identifying emerging problems, liaising with the DSL, and sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment
- The process for making referrals to local authority children’s social care and for statutory assessments that may follow a referral, including the role they might be expected to play
- What to do if they identify a safeguarding issue or a child tells them they are being abused or neglected, including specific issues such as FGM, and how to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality while liaising with relevant professionals
- The signs of different types of abuse and neglect, as well as specific safeguarding issues, such as peer-on-peer abuse, child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE), indicators of being at risk from or involved with serious violent crime, FGM and radicalisation
- The importance of reassuring victims that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe
Responsibility of parents/carers
· All parents are responsible for their child’s emotional, mental and physical well-being and safety ensuring their child attends school every day.
· Informing the school when absences are absolutely necessary
· Informing the school of any personal circumstances that has an impact on their child’s well-being and/or safety
· Supporting the school’s behaviour policy, ethos and values
Responsibility of all pupils
All pupils are responsible for;
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
- Follow instructions
- Walk calmly in the school building
- Respect everyone
- Only use positive language
- Never be a bystander to bullying or poor behaviour
- Report any unsafe or concerning situations
- Speak to a member of staff if you feel unsafe or worried
- PSO Mentoring (Pastoral Support Officer Mentoring – wellbeing, personal development)
- School Behaviour Coach
- Peer Mentoring
- School Counsellor
- Spark 2 Life (Students at risk of gang involvement and involvement in criminal activity)
- ELOP ( East London Out Project – LGBTQ+ support)
- MHST (On site Mental Health Support Trainees)
- Change Grow Live (Students at risk of substance abuse/have experience of substance abuse)
- Solace (Aid for women and children suffering from or at risk of abuse)
Please see the process below.
Student or parent is worried about student’s safety or well being
Student or parent can discuss concerns with any trusted memebr of staff
Raised at referral meeting. Staff make and support the referral
Student may feel they need support but not yet confident enough to share
Student can go to the student service board at reception where QR codes for all provider allow students to self refer
Our SEMH strategy strives to ensure that wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. We undertake regular student voice and student surveys to ensure we are listening to our students and responding to their needs.
We work under the Anna Freud 5-steps to a healthy school framework and students and staff take part in annual surveys, which allow us to target support.
We are also very proud of our universal wellbeing offer, which includes trips, enrichment, and leadership opportunities, all aimed to develop safe, happy and well rounded individuals.
Online Safety is an ever growing and changing area of interest and concern. The internet and related technologies, including mobile devices such as phones, gaming media, tablets, and watches, are developing rapidly and are integral to the daily lives of our students.
Many of these technologies are used to enable students to engage creatively with their learning. Socially, our students often use the internet for entertainment, interaction and communication with ‘friends’ – bringing about new risks which many adults were never faced with. It has never been more important for parents and carers to understand how their children use the internet and associated technologies, so that they can help to manage the risks that exist and reinforce the important online safety messages that we should all be promoting.
National Online Safety
The School has partnered with National Online Safety, which provides regular online safety updates to parents/carers. You can download the easy to use app which is packed with insightful courses, explainer videos, webinars and guides on topics that will help you protect your child(ren).
Frederick Bremer School has integrated e-safety lessons, across all year groups, and this webpage provides additional support in addition to the materials sent out to parents and pupils during the year.
You can find a copy of the school’s e-safety policy on our policies page here.
The websites below provide a comprehensive list of links and information about online safety for parents, and their children.
You can also find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children, at:
In line with updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education Frederick Bremer has robust systems and processes in place to ensure we provide a safe online space for our students and staff.
We have grown our safeguarding team so we have safeguarding systems lead who monitor this, including a safeguarding systems lead Governor.
Our staff body have had filtering and monitoring training and are aware of their role in managing this and the student body are regularly educated on this aspect of safeguarding.
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