Shephalbury Park Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all of our school community. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
As a school we:
- Establish and maintain an environment where school staff and volunteers feel safe, are encouraged to talk and are listened to when they have concerns about the safety and well-being of a child.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Ensure that children, who have additional/unmet needs, are supported appropriately. This could include referral to Early Help services or specialist services if they are a child in need or have been / are at risk of being abused and neglected.
- Consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online safety, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Educate staff members working with children, and advise them to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
- Act in the interests of the child when concerned about their welfare and develop a culture where Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead/Prevent Lead is Ben Conway- (Headteacher)
In the event the DSL being absent, the following members of staff has been trained as deputy.
Designated Safeguarding Deputies: Gail Cropley (Deputy Headteacher), Tina Dean (Assistant Headteacher) and Sheena McKenzie (Pastoral Support Assistant)
The Nominated Safeguarding Governor: Amy-Louise Collard
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your child or other children at our school. If you believe that a child is in immanent danger, please contact Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) or the Police. Our Safeguarding Policy can be found under Key Information- Policies.
If you are worried about a child and you cannot contact someone in school please ring HSCP Direct on 0300 123 4043
The link to the HSCP is here:
You can also click on the CEOP link below to report online abuse/ concerns: