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Safeguarding Information

At Petersfield, safeguarding our pupils is our highest priority. All staff members are aware of the systems in school which support safeguarding and are responsible for safeguarding children's wellbeing.

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Designated Persons

Our Designated Child Protection Trained staff are:

Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection:
Mrs Karen Gwynn
Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Officer for Child Protection:
Mrs Rachel Peachey

Rev Felicity Couch is the nominated Governor with responsibility for child protection.

Designated Officer for Looked After Children:
Mrs Karen Gwynn & Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Officer for Post Looked After Children:
Mrs Karen Gwynn & Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Prevent Leads:
Mrs Laura Penrose
Mrs Karen Gwynn

Pupil Premium Staff Lead:
Mrs Laura Penrose

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (Keeping Children Safe in Education).

We ensure that all staff are recruited in line with our Safer Recruitment procedures to ensure high quality and appropriately vetted teachers. We ensure that all adults and volunteers who come into contact with pupils are appropriately checked and supervised.

We ensure a safe, welcoming environment in which pupils learn and become resilient and questioning individuals who are mindful of how to keep themselves and others safe both in our community and online.

Please see the relevant pages in our Prospectus to find out more about how we safeguard pupils by ensuring the appropriate provision is in place for:

  • Health and Safety including site security
  • Medical and first aid provision
  • Behaviour
  • Physical Intervention
  • Anti-bullying
  • Special Needs
  • Attendance
  • Risk Assessments including offsite visits

All staff take responsibility for identifying and supporting children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. All staff receive basic child protection training and follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection. Should it be necessary, school staff will seek, where possible, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer. Should it be necessary, school staff will inform them of a referral to Social Care where possible. However, this will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

It is important for parents/carers to know that the law requires all the school staff to pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be over cautious than to risk a child's safety.

We therefore have an unavoidable duty to contact Social Care. Occasionally, this duty means that the Head Teacher or Deputy Headteacher (as Designated Child Protection officers) must risk reporting a concern, which can upset parents which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents /carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that the action was taken in good faith and in the best interest of the children. Any parent who would like further information on this subject should speak to the Headteacher in the first instance.

In accordance with local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Latest News

24th Jul - School closes today to pupils, parents and visitors. Good luck year 6! Have an amazing summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday 4th September. Happy holidays!

24th Jul - Following two and a half very successful transition days for all our pupils and the new reception children, this afternoon, our pupil returned to their 2018-19 classes to celebrate the year.

24th Jul - Thank you for all the gifts and kind words on the last day of term. They mean a lot. We are very proud of all our pupils and staff.

24th July - Well done to our 'Year 7' who presented the pupil ideas for FOPS spending to the committee today. We are very grateful for the tireless work of FOPS to raise much needed funds for the school and we look forward to receiving the requested resources in September.

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