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Keeping Children Safe (Safeguarding, Behaviour and Well - Being) - Policies and Guidance

Keeping Children Safe (Safeguarding, Behaviour and Well-being) - Policies and Guidance

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people regardless of age, ability, race, culture, religion, sexuality and/or class.  Everyone who comes into contact with children, and their families and carers, has a role to play in safeguarding children.


This section contains the information you need to be able to find, and understand, what we mean by safeguarding and how we ensure we have the systems and processes in place to keep children safe.  This section also contains information on how we assure that our work is effective.


If you have any questions, please contact either the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or one of the school's Deputy DSLs (DDSL).


Mrs Bellett is the DSL.

Mr Brown and Mrs Lucas are the DDSLs.

All three members of staff can be contacted via the school office ( or 01572 812278).  You can leave a message and contact details and we will return your message.


Our 5 Guiding Principles Are:


1. Nothing is more important than keeping children safe.


2. Everyone has a part to play.


3. Everyone must be vigilant.


4. Everyone has an absolute duty to report concerns and ensure they are acted upon.


5. Concerns must be reported immediately.


What is Child Protection and Safeguarding? 

When we talk about safeguarding, we mean things which promote children's welfare and reduce the risk of them suffering harm.  Our policies on our buildings, routines, curriculum planning, behaviour and attendance, to name a few, are all designed to:

  • Protect children from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensure children grow up with safe and effective care;
  • Allow us to take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Child protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or being likely to suffer, significant harm.

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