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Winscombe Primary School


Safeguarding at Sandford Primary School


Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Miss Angie Stevens
Deputy Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Lorna Richardson, Mrs Sara Gooding
Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection:  Mrs Belinda Hancock


Staff are asked to follow this link and submit their concern.  The DSL/DDSL will respond within 48 hours.

What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding means:
·         protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
·         preventing harm to children's health or development
·         ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
·         taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare.  It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.


Who can I talk to?

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Miss Angie Stevens (Head of School). Our Deputy DSLs are Mrs. Lorna Richardson (Executive Headteacher) and Mrs Sara Gooding (Learning Mentor) . Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01934 852602 if you have any concerns or queries. You will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you. 

You can also contact our governor:

Safeguarding Governors             - Mrs Belinda Hancock   (General Safeguarding Concerns)

Chair of Governors                      - Mr John Fowler 

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School DSLs.

Prevent Strategy
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".  This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.  It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making.  Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.


Please click the link;
Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  - Procedural Information
From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM.
To obtain more information on FGM please click the link above (Keeping children safe in Education).

Online Safety
Here at Sandford Primary School, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning.  We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement.  However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.



The Online Safety Policy is available within the policy area of the website. 


Please click the following links for more information: 

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused



North Somerset Safeguarding Board




Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy 2022

Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy

Working Together to Safeguard Children