SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY.
Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. Here at Ashdown Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that everyone who comes to our school (children and adults) are kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.
The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with their parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that doing so would not be in the child’s best interest.
What you can do -
Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding all children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen. The school is required to have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for this purpose - and we have a team of four. Parents and children should speak to one of them if they have any concerns about a child or staff member.
If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact East Sussex County Council using this information:
If you'd like to report something to the safeguarding team at school you can use this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our DSL team:
Mrs Kate Owbridge - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Alex Baptie - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Helen Warner - safeguarding officer, leading on online and digital safety
Mrs Lisa Birchard - safeguarding officer, leading on Personal, Social and Health issues.
Mr Andrew Whiteley is our safeguarding governor, with Mr Greg Jeffes supporting.
Ashdown Primary School is part of Operation Encompass.
This allows police to work with the school to ensure we have timely information about all police attended incidents of domestic abuse. To find out more, click the link below: