Safeguarding and protecting children


Keeping Our Children Safe


The Governing Body of Nine Acres Primary School takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to the independent sector) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. 

We recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child's welfare is our paramount concern. 

We strongly believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.

Health and Safety

The school has a robust health and safety policy, which is monitored each term by the relevant members of the school governing body.  The Local Authority provides a routine inspection service and we use the SOSA and LA monitoring checklist to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilities. The Headteacher, School Business Manager, Caretaker and Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list. Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place. On at least a half-termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. There is also a critical incident plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.  

Appointment & Induction of Staff & Work Placements

All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the Headteacher and the HR committee of the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for their induction period. They are familiarized with procedures, policies and  safeguarding practices before starting at the school and are regularly updated during their first weeks at the school. All staff receive 6 monthly updates and training.

Induction of Volunteers

All volunteers must have DBS clearance.  For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.

Welcoming Visitors

All visitors with a professional role - eg supply teachers, the School Nurse or members of the police - have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.

People you need to know

Designated Safeguarding leads:

Mrs Elizabeth Dyer—Head Teacher

01983 522984      [Email]


Mrs Sian Broome—Deputy Head Teacher

01983 522984      [Email]


Miss Rachel Paddon—Assistant Head/SENCO

01983 522984      [Email]


Mrs Kate Hussey—Child and Family Worker

01983 522984      [Email]


Office Manager

Miss Abbie Cunningham


School Nurse—Harriet Keyworth

01983 821388


Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):

Paul Barnard—01983 823723

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 Useful Links

 Click here to access the government document Working Together to Safeguard Children

Click here to access the government guidance on Prevent Duty

Click here to access the Childnet website

Click here to access the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)

Click here to access the NSPCC website

Click here to access the CEOPS Website

Click here to access the Childline Website

Click here to access the Barnardos website