Safeguarding at Abbott


Abbott Community Primary School aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to ‘Every Child Matters’ and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff.

What is safeguarding?

It might be difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

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 2019)

In line with statutory guidance, Abbott Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Every employee (permanent or temporary) and governor of the school, as well as every volunteer who assists the school, is aware that it is their legal duty to protect children from harm.

"All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn." (KCSIE 2019)

All concerns about a child’s welfare must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mrs Amanda Pugh (SENCO) or, in her absence, Miss Kate Stokes (Acting Head Teacher).