The child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We recognise that staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills

At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sep 2016) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015).

If you are concerned about the welfare of any pupil in the school then please arrange an appointment to speak to one of our named persons.

Our safeguarding leads (named persons) are:

Richard Ireland (Designated Safeguarding Lead) – Deputy Headteacher

Philippa Foster (named person) – Headteacher

Leanne Grimshaw (named person) – SENCo / EYFS + KS1 lead

Rebecca Morris (named person) – Administrator

Carole Nightingale (named person) – Learning Mentor

Mathew Cox (named person) – ARK lead teacher

Or if you have a concern about a child, you can contact initial contact point on 01274 437500. The out of hours team (after 5pm Mon – Thurs or after 4.30 on a Friday) can be contacted on 01274 431 010