At Larchwood Primary School and in the wider Discovery Educational Trust, we place a very high importance on safeguarding children. It is the number one priority that will always be at the forefront of everything we do.

Safeguarding children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education as:

- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

At Larchwood Primary School, we have an experienced and extensive Safeguarding Team:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mrs Dawn Jaycock

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL): Mr Steve Bowsher, Mrs Monica Belle, Miss Keely Adams

Safeguarding Governor: Lisa Wenham

If you have concerns about a child anyone can call Essex Children's Social Care on 0345 603 7627

The Discovery Educational Trust Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies across all of its schools, including Larchwood Primary School. The Trust policy is available via this link.

Discovery Educational Trust - A limited company registered in England and Wales 07638800 and whose registered office is Hanging Hill Lane, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex CM13 2HG

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