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At St Barnabas, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.

We will ensure that:

  • The welfare of the child remains paramount.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to Mrs Whetham (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Reeder/ Miss Lloyd (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead). 
Staff & Visitors Ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained
Children’s Behaviour Promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles
Parents & Carers Promoting links & supporting families
Premises Keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose
Curriculum Providing positive, life-affirming learning experiences. Teaching about safer practices – e-safety etc.
Outside School Ensuring safer activities and environments outside school

Members of Staff Responsible

We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe. The school has a Safeguarding Team consisting of:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs E A Whetham
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs L Reeder & Miss V Lloyd (Assistant Headteachers); Mrs S Harding (HLTA/ Wellbeing Lead); Miss A Holden (Preschool TA)
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Local Academy Board member: Mrs A Pocock
  • DoWMAT; The Trust’s Senior Designated Officer for Safeguarding: Mrs C Davies; CEO
Mrs A Pocock
Safeguarding Local Academy Board Member
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Mrs E Whetham - DSL
Executive Headteacher

Miss V Lloyd- DDSL
Assistant Headteacher
Mrs L Reeder- DDSL
Assistant Headteacher
Mrs S Harding -  DDSL
HLTA - Wellbeing Team
Miss A Holden - DDSL
Pre-School TA


Safer Recruitment


We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.

Staff Training

Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All Volunteers are given our guidance leaflet ‘Guidance for Volunteers & Regular Visitors’ and are directed to the documents: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE).

Safeguarding Policy (Child Protection Policy)

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children and are able to implement the safeguarding policy and procedures appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.

Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:

  • significant changes in children's behaviour
  • deterioration in their general well-being;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
  • signs of neglect;
  • comments children make which give cause for concern;
  • signs of emotional/ mental health problems.