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Children’s safety is always our highest priority

Everyone takes personal responsibility on a daily basis to ensure children are kept safe

We do this by:

  • Meeting Health and Safety standards
  • DBS checking all staff, students, governors and volunteers
  • Keeping essential training up to date (paediatric first aid, food safety, safeguarding etc)
  • Securing our site, including data protection
  • Liaising with outside agencies – Health Visitors, Social Care, SEN Services
  • Meeting our Prevent Duty requirements

Safeguarding Children Statement

A Child-Centred approach to safeguarding

At Woodcroft Nursery School the health, safety and wellbeing of all children is of paramount importance. The school therefore works hard to ensure appropriate policies, procedures, staff training and monitoring is in place to provide a safe, supportive and caring learning environment in which our children can flourish.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment, safe from all types of abuse –we strive to ensure that all feel safe in our environment.

Staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Safeguarding permeates all aspects of school life and is everyone's responsibility; the school forms part of a wider safeguarding system.

Our school aims to provide a positive, stimulating, caring and safe environment which promotes the social, physical, emotional and moral development of each child. We work hard to maintain a safeguarding ethos and culture whereby all children feel safe. In order to fulfil our responsibilities we adopt a child-centred approach.

This means that:

  • Safeguarding systems and procedures are oriented around the wishes, feelings and best interests of children;
  • We seek to give children a 'voice', listen to what they say, take them seriously and work collaboratively in order to meet their needs.

There may be occasions as a school where we have a concern about a child when we may have to consult other agencies in relation to their welfare or child protection concerns.

Further information can be found in our Safeguarding Policies.

If you are concerned about a child please do not hesitate to speak to one of the following designated persons at our school:

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Ferliene Willis (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Louisa Battersby

Designated Safeguarding Governor- June Gould

Mental Health First Aider - Jo Green

If your child is ever concerned about safety or well-being, or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent, member of staff at the school or a trusted adult, police officer etc.

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Tel: 03330 139 797

Emergency Duty Service (immediate out of hours response) 0345 606 1212

In an emergency contact NSPCC Child Protection 080 8800 5000

Please see the following useful links:

Harmful online challenges and hoaxes Online tips for 0-5 year olds 

Internet Matters CEOP Education

Essex Safeguarding Children Board iREPORTit 

Act Early Keeping Children Safe during Community Activities 


Woodcroft Nursery School Safeguarding Policies