Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Andrea Muxworthy
Deputy Safeguarding LeadMrs Lorna Richardson/Miss Claire Humphrey
Nominated Governor responsible for Child ProtectionMrs Belinda Hancock

Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01934 852602 if you have any concerns or queries. You will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you.

You can also contact our governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors (Dinah Hill-Adams) via

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School DSLs.

Staff: Reporting a Concern

Staff are asked use the button below to submit their concern. The DSL/DDSL will respond within 48 hours.

More information about safeguarding can be found on the government website.

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

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

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Prevent Strategy

From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.

Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.

Please click the link;

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – Procedural Information

From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM.
To obtain more information on FGM please click the link above (Keeping children safe in Education).

Online Safety

Here at Sandford Primary School, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.

Please see our Online Safety for Parents page for more information

Useful Links

Safeguarding ChildrenGovernment guidance and resources for schools, colleges and children’s services.
North Somerset Safeguarding BoardA collaboration of North Somerset Council NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board, and Avon and Somerset Police. A gateway to partners, resources, information, and advice.
Educate Against HateGovernment advice and trusted resources to help safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.
Action For ChildrenParenting advice and support hub.
Young Minds – Cost of LivingInformation to support your child’s wellbeing and look after yourself in the cost-of-living crisis, and discover where to find practical and financial support for your family. from the NSPCC regarding safeguarding. Somerset safeguarding services for children and adults in North Somerset. National College online safety

NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme

As in previous years, we are participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme. Speak out. Stay safe. is a programme for children aged 5-11 which aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a safe adult or Childline.

This child friendly programme is aligned with the curriculum and consists of age appropriate virtual assemblies and supporting classroom based activities. The content is delivered in an engaging and interactive way with the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme visit

Additional NSPCC resources for families to help keep children safe

The NSPCC have shared some important information below on wider NSPCC resources and support to help keep children safe.

Parent/Carer support Take a look at information, support, advice and activities from NSPCC for parent and carers. to extend learning at home Take part in games and activities at home to help children learn about speaking out and staying safe.  
Online Safety Hub For information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media, sharing images, parental controls and more.  Childline – under 12’s Childline have an accessible website with advice, support, games and activities. Children can change the language, enlarge text and also listen to the content. (5-7) (7-11)  
Talk PANTS with your children Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep children safe from sexual abuse. From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides simple but important messages. Download the free resources at