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If you have a concern about a child out of school hours e.g. during the holidays, please email and  This email is monitored in the holidays and a member of staff will contact you.  This includes any concerns about online communication between our pupils.

The difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection


Safeguarding applies to all children and young people.
Child Protection applies to children who have/are experiencing abuse in their lives.


Safeguarding and Child Protection is about managing risk.

The role of the school:


Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.  School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.  (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2023)

Safeguarding is what we do for all children and young people to keep them safe whilst in our care.  Child Protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those young people who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.


Safeguarding starts as soon as children enter the school and aims to ensure that all our staff are well trained and know how to behave appropriately.  Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointments to the school.  When staff have concerns they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place.

At Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School we treat safeguarding as our highest priority, ensuring that all children in our care are safe and secure at all times.  We work with parents, the Local Authority and other professionals to maintain children's safety.  All members of staff are responsible for safeguarding but in addition we have a number of people with designated safeguarding responsibilities.
NameRoleContact Details

Sonia Davies

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Inclusion Leader
School Counsellor
07534 326642

Joanne Shears

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Headteacher
01753 521811

Claire Fletcher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


01753 521811

Emma Mann

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Headteacher
01753 521811

Jennifer Edwards

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Designated Teacher for Children Looked After

01753 521811

Nick Stevenson

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nursery Leader
01753 521811



Staff with designated responsibilities for safeguarding undertake regular specialist training.  All staff members and anyone who volunteers with us undertakes training in child protection, this is refreshed yearly. We also undertake comprehensive background checks on all staff and any volunteers.

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