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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Whitwell Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.


We follow the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures ( and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).


School Safeguarding Team

If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the following:


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mrs Lisa Duncan (Head Teacher - 01909 720251)

Deputy DSL: Mrs Sarah Tomlinson and Miss Karen Sleight – 01909 720251

Safeguarding Governor: Mr John Ritchie

Anti-bullying Coordinator: Miss Karen Sleight

Anti-bullying Governor: Mr John Ritchie

Chair of Governors: Mr Tom Munro

Online Safety Lead: Mr Tim Stirling – 01909 720251


Cause for Concern

Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Derbyshire Area Safeguarding Committee and inform the Social Services of the concern.


If you are worried about a child's safety please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Duncan or contact Call Derbyshire 01629 533190 straight away.

If you would like further information about keeping your child safe, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has lots of advice and guidance. Please see the link below.
Additional guidance and sources of information about how to keep you child safe: