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Winscombe Primary School




 Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Miss Andrea Muxworthy

 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Lorna Richardson

 Deputy Safeguarding Lead:  Miss Claire Humphrey
 Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection:  Mrs Belinda Hancock
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 Andrea Muxworthy (Head of School). Our Deputy DSLs are Mrs. Lorna Richardson (Headteacher), Miss Claire Humphrey (Assistant Headteacher) . Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01934 843407 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 Kate Hancocks    (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.


Staff: I want to report a concern

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

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 - NSPCC.


Online Safety
Here at Winscombe 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. 


Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2018

The latest version of the NSSCB model Safeguarding Policy can be read below. This is due to be updated in November 2018 when a personalised version will be created for The Strawberry Line Federation and adopted by the Governing Body. For the time being, the model policy is being adopted by us.


It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance and provide consent that they have done so (a register exists to determine this).  Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.

Please find supporting documents in relation to how the school keeps your child safe and the safeguarding procedures it will follow.