Meet the Safeguarding Team
Ms Marj Mallon (Headteacher)
Mrs Nicola Ryan (Deputy Head)
Mrs Charlotte Willshire (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Joanna Moore (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Paula O’Donnell (School Attendance Officer)
Our school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services about a child in need of protection. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/Carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
For further information see our Child Protection policy below or take a look at our policies page by clicking here
Child Protection Policy September 2021 (document opens in new window)
The leaflet below is a guide for parents on how we as a school work hard to keep the children in our care safe.
Safeguarding Guide for Parents (document opens in new window)
The leaflet below is an example of the advice given to visitors upon arrival at our school, it provides a summary of our policy.
Safeguarding Advice for Visitors (document opens in new window)
If a child has been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic incident, Wellesbourne’s Primary’s Key Adult will be informed through Operation Encompass to allow immediate early intervention. Wellesbourne Primary School Key Adult is Mrs Charlotte Willshire.
The current procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools can involve a lengthy delay in the transfer of information, which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they need when they need it most. Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that by 9 am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will have been informed that the child or young person has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child. If you have any questions about Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Safeguarding information for children
Through our curriculum we teach our children about their own safety and continually share safe messages and information at every opportunity. This includes regular updates about online safety, maintaining personal safety, anti-bullying messages and equality work. We use guidance and information provided by the NSPCC to support our teaching of safe messages.
Wellesbourne Primary School have produced a set of child friendly policies focused on Safeguarding and Keeping Safe. These documents are often referred to during assemblies and PSHE lessons. Please take a few moments to look over these with your child to enable further discussion around ways in which we can all stay safe.
Child friendly peer on peer policy (document opens in new window)
Child friendly safeguarding policy (document opens in new window)
Child friendly safeguarding statement (document opens in new window)
Please click the image above to visit the Safeguarding Hub Resource Page which is a free hub of national safeguarding resources to empower children, young people and all adults supporting them.