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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 Officers for Child Protection:
Mr Richard Lloyd
Miss Tabitha Smith

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

Designated Officer for Looked After Children:
Mrs Karen Gwynn

Designated Prevent Leads:
Mrs Laura Penrose
Mrs Karen Gwynn

Pupil Premium Staff Leads:
Mrs Laura Penrose
Miss Tabitha Smith

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, 2016).

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, Assistant Headteacher or Senior Teacher (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

20th Apr - Mrs Gwynn met with the Peer Mediation councillors today and was delighted with their attitude. Why do they want to be a peer mediator? Replies included 'Because I want to make people happy','I want to make our school a happier place' and 'I want to make a difference'.

20th Apr - Excellent, over a third of pupils walked to school today during 'Walk to School' week. With 3 days to go, more pupils can now join us for the morning exercise as part of our travel plan.

19th Apr - Well done to all those who joined us for the start of Walk to School Week. Please do join us at each morning until Wednesday 25th to 'Walk to School'.

18th April - Following the exciting Archeological Dig on our school site two years ago, the team returned today to geophys the area in an attempt to explain the stone found in the test pits. We eagerly await the results!

16th Mar - Today is 'Offer day' for pupils due to start at Petersfield in September 2018. Please do contact school to accept your place. We very much look forward to welcoming our new pupils and parents to our school family.

16th Mar - Excitingly, our sensory garden is taking shape thanks to FOPs, Tesco tokens, the Community Chest grant and the work so far by Meadow Nursery. We look forward to seeing this garden evolve and grow over the coming weeks.

16th Apr - Welcome back to pupils, parents and visitors as school opens today for the start of the exciting and busy summer term.

29th Mar - School is now closed for the Easter holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 16th April. Happy Easter!

29th Mar - Today we welcomed our Diocese Advisor into school. She spoke to pupils about the Collective Worship which they are increasingly leading. They explained about our 'school family' the benefit of 'time for reflection' and how 'it is fun now, we get involved'.

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