At Headley Park Primary School we believe safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.  We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults have the knowledge and confidence to share and challenge any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. 

We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

We have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and Deputies within school:

Alex Gingell

Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL)

Jessica Swain

Deputy Headteacher, Deputy DSL

Allison Elson

Assistant SENDCo, Deputy DSL

We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Headteacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of any members of staff then these should be shared with the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.

We follow the Bristol Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare, child sexual exploitation, PREVENT/radicalisation and female genital mutilation with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children's Social Care, should the need arise.

What to do if you have a concern

If you have concerns about a child please come and speak to us.

Alternatively, If you’re concerned about the well-being of a child contact the First Response Team on 0117 903 6444.

When the offices are closed call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165.

If the child is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

Further information about how to protect children against extremism can be found here.

If you're unable to use a phone, tell us your preferred communication method.

Other numbers you can call:

  • NSPCC 24 hour Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free from a landline)
  • NSPCC Text helpline: 88858 (service is free and anonymous)
  • Police: 101 (non-emergency calls)

The following websites may be useful to you, your family or someone else you may like to signpost support to.