Safeguarding

The difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection

  • Safeguarding applies to all children and young people.
  • Child Protection applies to children who have/are experiencing abuse in their lives.

Safeguarding and Child Protection is about managing risk.

The role of the school:

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.  School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.  (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016)

Safeguarding is what we do for all children and young people to keep them safe whilst in our care.  Child Protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those young people who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.

Safeguarding starts as soon as children enter the school and aims to ensure that all our staff are well trained and know how to behave appropriately.  Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointments to the school.  When staff have concerns they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place.

At Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School we treat safeguarding as our highest priority, ensuring that all children in our care are safe and secure at all times.  We work with parents, the Local Authority and other professionals to maintain children's safety.  All members of staff are responsible for safeguarding but in addition we have a number of people with designated safeguarding responsibilities.

Name   Role  Contact details
 Sonia Davies
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Inclusion Leader
School Counsellor
 01753 521811
 Jane Girle
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Headteacher
 01753 521811
 Joanne Shears
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Headteacher
 01753 521811
 Emma Mann
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Headteacher
 01753 521811
 Emma Hargreaves
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
SENCo
 01753 521811

Jennifer Edwards

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
SENCo
01753 521811
 Charis Armstrong
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Assistant Headteacher
 01753 521811
 Nick Stevenson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nursery Leader
 01753 521811

Staff with designated responsibilities for safeguarding undertake regular specialist training.  All staff members and anyone who volunteers with us undertakes training in child protection, this is refreshed yearly. We also undertake comprehensive background checks on all staff and any volunteers.