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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

If you have any concerns please report them to the safeguarding team immediately.



The Safeguarding Team

'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 2019)


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 Safeguarding / 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 (Headteacher). Our Deputy DSLs is Miss Lydia Nelson ( Eagle Owl's Teacher) . Kate Campbell is our Safeguarding Link Governor. 


If you have any concerns with regards to a child's welfare please inform Mrs Challis or Miss Nelson. If for any reason they are unavailable please notify Mrs Lynne Ellis.


Out of hours contact: lchallis@educ.somerset.gov.uk


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.


Safeguarding Policy (Child Protection) 2020

Corona Virus / Covid 19 Safeguarding Update 


From 20th March 2020, due to the spread of Corona-virus / Covid-19, parents were asked to keep their children at home for school for the foreseeable future.  Schools have been asked to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response, who cannot be safely cared for at home by a non-working or working from home parent / carer, and for those who are vulnerable.


Due to the unforeseen nature of this time, the Safeguarding team at Lydeard St Lawrence School feel it necessary to supplement our current safeguarding policy for the duration of this crisis to ensure the continued safety of our staff and pupils.


Please see below for the supplement document that supports our current Safeguarding policy.