Meet the Safeguarding Team!
Mr Phil Horne (Headteacher)
Mrs Lorna Dickson (Deputy Head)
Mrs Louise Worthington (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Jan Ireland (Family Mentor)
Miss Gemma Hathaway (Key Stage 1 Leader)
Ms. Kay Wilkin (Safeguarding Governor)
Our school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services about a child in need of protection. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
For further information see our Policies below.
If a child has been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic incident, Smithdown Primary’s Key Adult will be informed through Operation Encompass to allow immediate early intervention. Smithdown primary School Key Adult is Mrs Louise Worthington.