Our Safeguarding team
Head of School: Quality of Education / Deputy Safeguarding Lead / Specialist Leader of Education
Rebecca Mackenzie (on secondment)
Headteacher : Specialist Leader of Education / Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Headteacher: SENDCo / Safeguarding Lead / Curriculum / Maths / Specialist Leader of Education
Safeguarding can be defined as:
“The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.”
School plays an important role in this. At De Beauvoir Primary School, we have procedures for the following:
Child Protection, Behaviour, E-Safety, Visits, Incident Management, Risk Assessment, Allegations of Abuse, Child Absconding, Information Sharing, Medical Needs and Supervision.
View a copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which is also available in the school office.
Childline – if you are worried about anything, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111 for advice and support
NSPCC – information and advice is available by calling 0808 800 5000 or online at
We are committed to safer recruitment, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers at De Beauvoir will be expected to present or apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
As part of the computing curriculum, children are taught how to stay safe online and how to recognise internet dangers. In KS1, children use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. In KS2, children use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
At home, parents should be aware of the programs, games and apps that children are using, ensuring they are age appropriate and children know what to do if they are concerned. It is essential that you, as parents and carers, continue to check the content that your children are accessing and ensure they understand what to do if they come across inappropriate materials online.
Net-Aware – can be used to check the appropriateness of social networking sites being used by your child
NSPCC – information about online safety and links to report concerns
CEOP – Centre for Exploitation and Online Protection Command – a site for reporting online abuse and concerns about online content or interactions
Online Safety and Covid-19
As part of the computing curriculum, all children are taught about online safety and cyberbullying. We were aware that children were spending extended time on tablets, phones, iPads and computers during school closures, both to complete their learning, but also as a platform for making social connections. In order to continue safeguarding our children, we taught our pupils about online safety in preparation the time they were spending online. This was revisited regularly during remote learning and clear expectations and rules were shared with pupils outlining online behaviour.
TO SEE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ONLINE SAFETY PROVISION AT DE BEAUVOIR CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE Computing PAGE
De Beauvoir Primary School have signed up to Operation Encompass. This is a programme run by the police, that ensures that prior to the start of the next school day, if a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident, the school is informed.
A Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (Daniela Rader) has been trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
The Prevent Duty
De Beauvoir Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of De Beauvoir Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
The Prevent Duty can be viewed using the link below: