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Child Protection at The Firs

Safeguarding and Child Protection is a fundamental part of our caring approach to children at The Firs.

All our staff receive regular training (updates at least annually and in depth training bi-annually). Our safeguarding and child protection procedures can be found in our Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines below. It can also be found under our policies section on the website.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at The Firs Lower School is the Headteacher, Adam Campbell

The school has three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs):

  • Allison Brady - SEND-Co and KS1/KS2 Behaviour Leader
  • Kerry Mercer - Assistant Headteacher and EYFS Leader
  • Sue A’court - Office Manager and Lunchtime Senior Supervisor

The Designated staff, along with Ganine Hurrell (Pastoral Care Assistant), work together on the School Safeguarding Team (SST). The SST meets every three weeks to share information, review procedures and paperwork and ensure the best outcomes for more vulnerable pupils.

In addition there are two members of staff who take responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, supported by the Safeguarding Designated Staff:

  • Fran Sherry - Saplings Pre School Leader
  • Andrea Stephenson White - Kid’s Club Leader

The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Laura Gilson.

Both the DSL and DDSLs undergo regular training via the LSCB (local safeguarding children board and other providers) such as:

  • The role of the DSL - Adam Campbell - 3 June 2019

  • ‘Working together to safeguard children’ – Sue A’Court, Kerry Mercer and Andrea Stephenson White – 13 December 2018 and Adam Campbell and Allison Brady – 8 January 2019

  • Managing Health and Safety in schools and early years settings – Kerry mercer – 8 Feb 2017

  • Single Central Record training – Sue A’Court 13 January 2016

  • WRAP (Prevent) training in October 2015. (All staff receive updates on the Prevent duty annually.)

  • Parental Mental Health training – Adam Campbell 24th February, 2014

More information can be seen in the School Child Protection Policy (which can also be found in the Policies page under the ‘School Information’ Tab) below: