'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.' (Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges September 2016)
We at Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
We will share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
All staff and Governors have participated in the Government's Prevent Training and we actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Leah Challis (Assistant Senior Teacher). Our Deputy DSL is Mrs Lynne Ellis (Office and Business Premises Manager). Please speak to them should you want to know more about these procedures, or see a copy of the school's Child Protection Policy.
If you have any concerns with regards to a child's welfare please inform Mrs Challis or Mrs Ellis. If for any reason they are unavailable please notify Mrs Tina Ball (Senior Teacher).
At Lydeard St Lawrence all children know that if they have any worries about how they are treated or how a friend is treated then they can approach any member of staff with a red lanyard and share their worries with them.