Your child’s safety and welfare are of paramount importance; it overrides all other considerations. If you are concerned about the well-being or safety of a particular child, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead for Safeguarding (known as a ‘DSL’), Mrs Claire Hann-Perkins. In her absence, any concerns can be directed to Mrs Mary Mundy, Deputy Head. You can find their contact details below.
Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Claire Hann-Perkins (Head teacher)
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Mary Mundy (Deputy Head teacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding GovernorPeter McGuigan
Our Current Safeguarding policy can be found here: Safeguarding Policy
Alternatively, you can contact the Local Authority Social Services Department at County Hall or the NSPCC. In addition, concerns can always be reported to Wiltshire Council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 456 0108. If you have concerns about someone who is working with a child, call 0300 456 0100 and ask for the Local Area Designated Officer for Child Protection (LADO).
Not sure who else to get in touch with? Click here to see Wiltshire Council’s list of helpful contacts.
Schools are legally required to follow set procedures, and the Local Authority instructs our DSL to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse. This includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse, and/or sexual abuse. These procedures are intended to protect children who are at risk. Preshute’s Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded on our policies page but it is also available from the school office on request.
For further information, you can download ‘Child Protection and your School’. This leaflet has been produced by the Local Authority for parents and carers to explain our legal responsibilities and how we work alongside them to keep all children at our school safe.
One of the ways we do this is by requiring a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate from anyone who works with children at our school (be it a paid or voluntary position).
Similarly, Preshute Primary School is committed to ensuring that all staff/adults with responsibility for a child’s safety and welfare are trained to deal with incidents involving aggressive behaviour. In line with DfE and LA advice, they will only use physical intervention as a last resort. If used at all, it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil; we aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to pupils and staff.
Finally, the Wiltshire Children’s Safeguarding Board has produced an information booklet for parents and carers entitled ‘Keeping Your Child Safe – a Guide for Parents and Carers’. Please click here if you’d like to know more.