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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.


Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.


Schools have a key role to play in Safeguarding Children and Child Protection.


Safeguarding includes issues such as:


  • Bullying
  • Harrassment and discrimination
  • Racist abuse
  • Use of physical intervention
  • Providing First Aid
  • Drug and substance misuse
  • Internet Safety
  • School site security
  • Preventing radicalisation
  • Children Missing from Education (CME)
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Child Sexual Expoitation (CSE)


Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding.It refers to those actions that are taken to protect specific children who may be suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.

Safeguarding and child protection in school


Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. We have regular contact with children so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect. We can safeguard children by:


  • creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices

  • ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children

  • making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice

  • teaching children and young people about staying safe

  • maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.


Key Safeguarding Personnel











 Mrs Lindsay Clough                  

  01380 813436                                                           

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Lindsay Clough                                                   

01380 813436                                                           

Deputy DSL(s) (DDSL)

Mrs Aleksandra Young

01380 813436                                                           

Deputy DSL(s) (DDSL)Miss Carolyn Coakley01380
Deputy DSL(s) (DDSL)Mrs Janice Thacker01380
Deputy DSL(s) (DDSL)Mrs Dawn Mason01380

Nominated Governor

Mrs Jardine Broom

01380 813436

Chair of Governors

Mrs Jardine Broom

01380 813436

Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

Mrs Lindsay Clough                  

01380 813436                                                           

St Barnabas policies and procedures to keep the children in our care safe

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