At Shinewater Primary School we are all committed to safeguarding and the wellbeing of our children, staff, parents and volunteers within the school community. We are fully committed to ensuring that there are consistent and effective procedures in place.

Mrs Burbidge is the full time Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and there are also three full time deputy DSLs: Mrs Kaufman, Co-Headteacher, Mrs Wilson, Inclusion and SEMH Manager and Mrs Jones, SENDCo. The Chair of the Local Governing Board, Jane Mc Carthy-Penman is the assigned Safeguarding Governor who makes termly safeguarding monitoring visits to the school.

If you have any significant concerns about your child or any other pupil at Shinewater Primary School please contact the DSLs immediately so they can make the relevant enquiries using an appropriate degree of confidentiality. All members of staff receive regular safeguarding briefings and training so that they are aware of the school’s/ESCC procedures.

For further information, please refer to the school’s current Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and other relevant policies on the school’s website.

All staff and Governors share these aims to help keep all children safe:

  • Support children to develop knowledge and understanding for how to keep themselves safe
  • Raise awareness of potential safeguarding issues
  • Support vulnerable children and children who have been abused
  • Create and sustain a safe, nurturing and caring environment free from discrimination or bullying where our pupils can learn and develop happily

To achieve this we ask that you help us to achieve our aims:

  1. Report any significant concerns relating to behaviour or activity to the DSLs
  2. Ensure that children know that they can approach any member of staff in school if they are worried or concerned and that they will receive support
  3. Establish and sustain an environment where children feel secure where they are encouraged to talk in the knowledge that they will be heard
  4. Support the PSHE curriculum to enable children to develop the relevant knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe


All lateness and absence is recorded by the school and reasons will be established and recorded. Attendance is monitored through robust recording systems managed by our Inclusions and SEMH Manager, Vicki Wilson. Parents or carers will always be informed about concerns as soon as possible and the school will offer any support they can in order improve a child’s attendance. If attendance issues continue the school is required to refer this to their Education Welfare Officer.


Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other external agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare or safety. We will always aim to do this with parent or carer consent.

Safeguarding checks are confidential for all employees, visitors and contractors. Relevant information must be shared with Police and Social Care where a child is or may be at risk from significant harm. We will ensure that advice is followed and that information is shared on a need to know basis.

Online Safety

If any parent or carer has a concern about online exploitation, cyber-bullying or misuse of online technology, please refer to

If concerns are reported to school, we have a responsibility to ask for and follow advice from Children’s Services and SPOA (Single Point of Advice).


Please refer to the NSPCC website for further information about ‘PANTS,’ which is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse.

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