'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.'
(Keeping Children Safe in Education, revised Sept 2019, HM Government)
At Peasedown St John Primary School we fully recognise our roles and responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
We use consistent, fair and thorough recruitment and selection procedures that aim to deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children and young people and to ensure that those recruited are suitable to work with them. Our Safeguarding policies apply to all staff, governors and volunteers working in our school. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Jenny Tombs. In her absence it is the Headteacher, Damian Knollys, with our Deputy Headteachers, Carin Marchington and Emma Dando, deputising and working alongside them. Our Safeguarding Governor is Sharon Lymposs.
School Safeguarding Procedures - see our full Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to the NSPCC about your concerns. Whether you want to report child abuse and neglect or aren't sure what to do, they will listen, offer advice and support and can take the next steps if a child's in danger.
NSPCC telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and 9am – 6pm at the weekends. You can contact them online or by email 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away.