At The Belham, we have a strong culture of safeguarding supported by strong systems.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and to promoting a culture in which everyone feels confident about sharing any and all concerns they may have about their own safety and well-being or the safety and well-being of others.

The Belham Safeguarding team

Alison Sprakes
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Richard Wilson
Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Emma Chan
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sharon Baxendale
Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our quick guide to safeguarding

The Safeguarding team can be contacted via the school office by emailing or by phoning 020 8353 4290.

You can also contactSouthwark Council's Safeguarding team by visiting

The Safeguarding Policy is applicable to all on- and off-site activities undertaken by children while they are the responsibility of our school. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. This includes:

●       Teachers 

●       Teaching/Learning  Support assistants 

●       Technicians 

●       Administrative  staff 

●       Supply  teachers/Cover supervisors 

●       Students 

●       Peripatetic  staff

●       Catering  and cleaning staff 

●       Premises  staff 

●       Midday  supervisors 

●       Visitors/volunteers 

●       Adult  helpers 

●       Local  Governors 

●       Trustees 

You should report any concerns you have about members of staff to the headteacher. If the concern is about the headteacher you should report it to the chair of governors.

All staff have a legal responsibility to act on any safeguarding concerns that they have. That means that if your child makes a disclosure, staff must act upon it. Often we will talk to your child to find out a little more about what they have said or what has been observed and we may then contact you to discuss the disclosure or concern.

Contact any member of staff as soon as you can. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility so if you have any concern no matter how small speak to a member of Belham staff.