Safeguarding and Child Protection


What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
Preventing harm to children’s health or development
Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Wootton St. Peter’s CE Primary is committed to all aspects of safeguarding. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from abuse and harm. The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under section 11 of the Children’s Act and duties under ‘working together’ to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist within our setting to identify, and support those children who are suffering harm or are likely to suffer harm.

We recognize that all staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern. We ensure that anyone, paid or voluntary, who seeks to work in our school is safe to do so.

Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.

Please click on the links below to view our safeguarding policy and procedures flow chart.

Child Protection Procedures Flowchart

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2022

Our School Safeguarding Team

If you have any concerns about a child relating to Safeguarding, please get in touch with one of our Safeguarding Leads immediately.

Our School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Charlie Pitt (Headteacher).

Our School’s Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Carina Philips

If you are unable to speak to a member of our Designated Safeguarding Team at school and have a safeguarding concern, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) directly who will be able to advise you.

If you have a concern about a child, please call MASH on 0345 050 7666.

We work extremely closely with the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board to access training and support.

NSPCC Learn the underwear rule.

Click here to open a great leaflet produced by the NSPCC about how to talk to your child in simple language about keeping safe from abuse. It’s called Talk Pants And You’ve Got It Covered.