Safeguarding at Elmsleigh Infant and Nursery School

Safeguarding underpins everything we do at Elmsleigh Infant and Nursery School and is the golden thread that is woven into our school vision, ethos and values.

Safeguarding is ensuring that every child is safe from harm – safe from bullying, people who could abuse, discrimination or harassment so that every child feels safe at Elmsleigh.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. At Elmsleigh, every member of staff is very committed in playing their part to keeping children safe and promote the welfare of children. All of our staff have a clear understanding about abuse and neglect in all forms. They have received training about how to identify, respond and report, including what to do in the process of allegations against professionals.

We have two Designated Safeguarding Leads at Elmsleigh:

To ensure that Elmsleigh keeps children safe, we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. This is as a supportive role for parents and may involve members of our FASST team, Early Help Advisors, the school nurse or social workers. If DSL’s do have a concern, working in partnership with other agencies is the best way forward.

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 impact on the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report via ‘My Concerns’ to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the SMT immediately and the ‘Managing Allegations’ guidance would be followed.

Our approach is very child-centred and the ‘child’s voice’ is at the heart of everything. We will actively seek to promote and support the child’s needs and wishes.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business and if any parent/carer has any concerns regarding the safety and welfare of a child, they have the right to refer to Starting Point on 01629 533190. This can be an anonymous call. If you need to contact any member of the Safeguarding Team out of hours in an emergency, you can email the DSL directly on Alternatively, in a crisis you can refer yourself to Starting Point on 01629 533190.



Governor with Responsibility for Safeguarding: Mrs R Rayner

Starting Point (for all Safeguarding concerns) Telephone: 01629 533190

NSPCC – National Helpline Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Childline Telephone: 0800 11 11