Child Protection & Safeguarding Procedures at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy

The staff and governors of St Nicholas CEP Academy recognise that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our school. We recognise that all staff including volunteers will have a full and active part to play in safeguarding our pupils. One way in which we seek to protect our pupils is by helping them learn about the risks of possible abuse, helping them to recognise unwelcome behaviours in others and acquire the confidence and skills they need to keep themselves safe. The welfare of each child is our paramount consideration.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Team

Mrs V Turner Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mr C Dale Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Online Safety Lead
Mrs A Starmer-Smith Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Lilly Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs H Lee  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A Pursey Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Claire Gunn  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lisa Baker  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs C Seiver  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Academy Aims

  • To ensure that all members of staff are aware of the great need to safeguard pupils from harm, significant risk of harm or any level of abuse.
  • To ensure that all members of staff are aware of their responsibilities in being alert to, and reporting their concerns about any, possible instances of abuse.
  • To emphasise the need for clear communication.
  • To ensure that members of staff are familiar with the established procedures for the protection of children and the reporting of concerns.
  • To ensure the monitoring of children known or thought to be at risk through pastoral care.
  • To develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially Social Services.
  • To ensure that all staff and volunteers within St Nicholas that have access to children have been checked as to their suitability.

Safer Recruitment

St Nicholas is committed to ensure that all steps are taken to recruit staff and volunteers who are safe to work with our pupils/students and have their welfare and protection as the highest priority. The Governing Body and School Leadership Team are responsible for ensuring that the school follows safe recruitment processes outlined within Guidance, including accurate maintenance of the Single Central Record; and an application, vetting and recruitment process which places safeguarding at its centre, regardless of employee or voluntary role.


  • All staff have a responsibility for maintaining awareness of buildings and grounds security and for reporting concerns that may come to light. We operate within a whole-school community ethos and welcome comments from pupils, parents and others about areas that may need improvement as well as what we are doing well.
  • Appropriate checks will be undertaken in respect of visitors and volunteers coming into school as outlined within guidance. Visitors will be expected to sign in and out via the office visitors log and to display a visitors badge whilst on school site. Any individual who is not known or identifiable should be challenged for clarification and reassurance.
  • The school will not accept the behaviour of any individual (parent or other) that threatens school security or leads others (child or adult) to feel unsafe. Such behaviour will be treated as a serious concern and may result in a decision to refuse access for that individual to the school site.