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.
Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy is available via this link.
Working Together to Safeguard Children is available via this link.
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 also recognises the prevalence of harmful sexual behaviour and child-on-child abuse and has documented a stand-alone policy to cover this topic, which applies across all of its schools, including Larchwood Primary School. The Trust policy is available via this link.