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Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding Contacts


Headteacher Miss Laura Forchione - Designated Lead


Deputy Headteacher Mrs Sarah Leslie - Deputy Designated Lead


Chair of Governors Mrs Sharon Matheou - Child Protection Governor 


Safeguarding statement

At Waddesdon Village Primary School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are of paramount concern. We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.


Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help children achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be part of in the future.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with current legislation.


Safeguarding is of paramount importance at our school and we comply with the statutory expectations of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (latest edition - see below).


In accordance with our responsibilities, as set out in 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Miss Laura Forchione) and an associate Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Sarah Leslie) who are both members of the senior leadership team, and have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.


There may be occasions when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents and guardians, there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.


On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge.   This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk.  To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.


    The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Laura Forchione or your child’s class teacher. The Policy can be found by clicking the link below or if you require a paper copy please contact the school office. 


    As part of Waddesdon Village Primary School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy. 


    What is The Prevent Strategy?

    The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:

    • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
    • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
    • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)


    Prevent Duty Guidance

    Useful Contacts

    Thames Valley Police: 101 or 999 in an emergency
    Social Care out of hours: 0800 999 7677
    First Response Team: 0845 4600 001
    NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
    Samaritans - Helpline:116 123
    Childline: 0800 1111
    Female Genital Mutilation Helpline (NSPCC): 0800 028 3550
    Kidscape – Parent Advice Line (bullying) (Mon-Weds from 9:30am to 2:30pm): 020 7823 5430
    Forced Marriages Unit - Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 0151
    Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
    R-U Safe? Barnardos - Children/Young People Sexual Exploitation Service: 01494 785 552

    Please take a look below at some of the websites which we think you may find useful.