South Bank Engineering UTC is committed to the vital contribution all Governors and staff can make to safeguarding children. We will strive to make sure that every student in the UTC feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.

We will ensure all our own staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.

The UTC will work hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us.

Key People

Vice Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kam Bains
kam.bains@southbank-utc.co.uk
 
KS4 Pastoral Manager
Delma Russell
delma.russell@southbank-utc.co.uk
 
KS5 Pastoral Manager
Sonya Waller
sonya.waller@southbank-utc.co.uk
 
If you wish to raise any concerns about a student, you should contact one of the above people or contact the UTC on 020 7738 6115 or email info@southbank-utc.co.uk

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is: Andrew Zachariades, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Lambeth Council.

If you would like to know more information generally regarding the safeguarding of young people in schools, you may find the following information useful.

E-safety

Although the UTC teaches students e-safety throughout the curriculum, we think it is equally important for parents to be aware of the risks and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

If you have any concerns about your child’s safety online, there is always someone at the UTC who is available to talk to you. Simply contact your child’s coach or one of the Designated Leads or speak to any member of staff who will direct you to the right person.

The online world is a wonderful source of information and resources for your child, where she can find many opportunities to enrich her understanding. However, it also presents some risks if she doesn’t know how to keep herself safe.

As an UTC we teach our students how to stay safe online. We work closely with Digital Awareness UK, who have trained all our girls and a good number of their parents in how a young person can safely use the internet and social media.

If you are interested in learning more about this important part of your child’s education, try using some of the resources we’ve provided for you here as a starting point:

Think You Know website

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • and what tools are there to help them stay safe.

Other useful websites

You'll also find a wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website or any of the websites listed below.

www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety

www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice

www.ceop.police.uk– Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.

www.net-aware.org.uk- NSPCC site that provides guidance to parents on social networking sites, apps and games.

www.saferinternet.org.uk- e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

What is a Money Mule?

Being a 'money mule' is when you allow other people access to your bank account, and it can land you in prison.

  • You may be contacted as part of a job scam or through social media and asked to transfer money, allow access or open up a new bank account.
  • The money may have been stolen or have come from illegal activities and you are being used to hide it.
  • This could result in a conviction and up to 14 years in prison a­ffecting job prospects, travel restrictions and access to money.

How do I avoid it?

Do not allow anyone access to your bank account, it is for your use only. Decline any requests for money transfers unless you can be sure of the reason and where the money is from. Report any suspicious requests to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040.

ParentInfo

ParentInfo is a regularly updated feed of expert information, advice and sources of support for parents on a whole range of parenting themes - the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children's resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today's world. View the ParentInfo page at http://parentinfo.org/

Safer Schools Partnership

Meet PC Jodie Blackmore, Safer Schools Police Officer for Harris UTC Bermondsey.

There are now over 450 Safer School Partnerships operating throughout England and Wales, with police officers and community support officers based in schools to work closely with staff and students.

PC Dominic Williams has been working with us for a number of years and is a familiar, trusted face around the school - working closely with students on issues that affect their lives both inside and outside of the UTC.

Jodie Blackmore can be contacted by email at Jodie.Blackmore@met.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively you can telephone the UTC on 020 7738 6115 or email info@southbank-utc.co.uk