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Safeguarding means protecting an individual’s health, wellbeing and human rights. Enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

Birchgrove Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of children, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Our Culture of Safeguarding

Our culture of safeguarding is an essential element of our Wellbeing Strategy with relationships being at the heart of our school. This demonstrates our commitment to promoting and supporting a culture of safety and wellbeing both inside and outside of school and online.

At Birchgrove Primary School we believe that all children have a right to be safe from abuse (Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and have a right to an education (Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Our culture of safeguarding includes but is not limited to:

  • ALN policies and practices
  • Anti-bullying policy and procedures
  • Attendance strategy
  • Confidentiality of staff
  • Cybersecurity, including GDPR
  • Health & Safety policy and practices
  • Medical List
  • Operation Encompass alerts
  • Positive Behaviour Management policy and practices
  • Positive Handling policy and practices
  • Professional Learning and Development
  • Safer recruitment procedures
  • MyConcern Safeguarding reporting software
  • Site Security
  • ‘Challenge’ Curriculum
  • Transition, including the handover of sensitive information
  • Trips and Visits, including risk assessments, adult: child ratio and use of Evolve
  • Wellbeing checks for identified children within pupil progress meetings

Safeguarding & Child Protection

At Birchgrove Primary School:

  • Mrs Sarah Morgan, Headteacher is the Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding (DSP)
  • Miss Paula Broughton, Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Lucy Jones, ALNCo are the deputies in her absence
  • Mrs Fiona Conlon is our Governor for all matters relating to Safeguarding
  • Staff may also contact Nikki Loukisas, Alexis Morley, Kate Willington or Amy Powell the Local Authority Safeguarding Officers on or MASH: 02920 536490 / Emergency Duty Team: 02920 788570

All staff have total commitment to safeguarding and child protection.