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At Woodcote Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We ensure that we:

  • Practise safer recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers who work with the children
  • Equip the children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop in confidence and independence
  • Work within the school's Safeguarding Policy (See Policies Page) Should you require a hard copy of our Safeguarding Policy, please pop in to the main Office where they will be able to help and proved you with a copy.

The Safeguarding Policy has clear procedures in place, which all staff and volunteers are aware of. Parents and carers are able to read the policy on our policies page and are free to discuss issues surrounding the policy and practice with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Chair of Governors.

All staff have safeguarding training annually, and all new starters are given a full safeguarding induction.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with the parents/carers first, unless we have reasons to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Team here at Woodcote Primary School include:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Jo Hannan – Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion



Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

Mrs Claire Baldock – Headteacher

Miss Liv Carr – Deputy Headteacher for Teaching and Learning

Miss Kim Springall – Senior Admin Officer

Miss Amy Daniels - Lead TA

Mrs Jo Bull - ELSA   

Ms Solange Augustin - SENDCo

(in addition Mrs L.Jeffers and Mrs S.Mott have completed training)

Safeguarding Governors

Mrs Nicola Long


Mental Health Lead 

Mrs Jo Hannan - Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion

If you are concerned about a child's welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to one of the designated persons as soon as possible on the same day. DO NOT conduct your own investigation.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the Headteacher ONLY, and if your concern is regarding the Headteacher this should be reported to the Chair of Governors. 

We run a number of interventions to support safeguarding and mental health at Woodcote Primary including; 

  • Place2Be
  • ELSA
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Play Leaders
  • Educational Welfare Officer 
  • Jigsaw PSHE Curriculum
  • Staff Wellbeing Group
  • Worry Boxes​

Useful Links

Action for Children – Protecting and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support. We ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

Anti-Bullying Alliance – The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

Barnardo’s – Barnardo’s supports and protects children and young people facing a wide range of issues, from drug misuse to disability, from sexual abuse to domestic violence.

CEOPs Thinkuknow –Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Childline – A free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

Childnet – Childnet parents and carers page gives information, advice and resources for parents and carers on a wide range of topics affecting children and young people online. They also have excellent resources about how to have a conversation about the online world with your child, how to set up parental controls, create a family agreement and what to do if you are worried about a child.

Common Sense Media – Use the search box at the top to search for a game or app. There will be a Common Sense Media review which includes the information you need to help you make decisions about the suitability of the game for your child. It also has useful parent and child reviews for each game.

Internet Matters – A range of guides, videos and toolkits to help you to keep your child safe online. These include information about key issues that may be affecting children and young people on the internet, and what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online.

Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges.

NSPCC – Stands for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It means that each of us has a responsibility to keep childhood free from abuse, and we must do everything possible to protect children and prevent it from happening.

Own It – The BBC's online safety platform designed to help children aged 7-12, and their parents, carers and teachers, make the most of their digital lives. This includes helping children get to know their devices, learn how to navigate the online world safely and to find help with any problems they may encounter.

PANTS / Underwear Rule – Guidance for parents on how to talk to your child about keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse.

PAPYRUS – A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Stop Hate UK – Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.

Women’s Aid – Women’s Aid works together against domestic abuse
until women and children are safe. They provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

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