Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everybody’s responsibility.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at Griffin Park Primary School and endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children 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.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to aspects of school life including:
- pupils’ health and safety
- the use of reasonable force
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- educational visits
- intimate care
- internet or e-safety
- appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local contex
Are you concerned that a child is being abused or neglected?
If you are concerned about a child and you feel they are being abused, neglected or at risk of abuse/neglect, then you should consider making a safeguarding child referral.
Contact Blackburn with Darwen Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) for confidential advice and consultation. Monday to Friday 08.45-17.00 please call:
If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.
You can also report your concerns online:
NSPCC Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
Or you can also speak to:
NSPCC 0800 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111
Safeguarding Policy 2021-22
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Our DSL is Mrs Lesley Otter.
Our deputy Designated safeguarding leads are Mrs Catherine Clayton-Young and Mrs Carolyn Edmondson.
We firmly believe in early intervention and support, so please get in touch.
All safeguarding documentation is read and understood (signed) by all the teaching staff, non-teaching staff and governors of Griffin Park Primary School.
The senior leadership team are responsible for the recording, implementation and tracking of all statutory updates and training requirements.
The Headteacher and SLT carry out induction meetings with newly appointed staff to ensure key messages, policies and procedures are followed.
As part of Griffin Park's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
Mrs Otter is the lead for the Prevent Strategy.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours. 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).
Please see our information to support parents here:
We are part of the Encompass Strategy. For further information please look here: