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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. To ensure prompt communication between staff, we use CPOMS; an online system that allow us to monitor safeguarding, well-being and pastoral issue. this enable swift communication between all parties in a secure way.


We follow the procedures set out by the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership  ( and take account of all guidance issued by the Department for Education.


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 Tom Munro

Anti-bullying Coordinator: Miss Karen Sleight

Anti-bullying Governor: Mr Tom Munro

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.

Our Early Help Offer

Whitwell Primary School works to provide Early Help to those children and families in the school community with emerging needs, which may not be appropriate for Social Services intervention. Early help means providing support to our children and families as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life.


We understand just how complicated family life can be. From time to time, there may be situations where you need some extra help and support.


If things are not right at home, please come and talk to us.


We can help in many ways.


Our Aims

To work to families' strengths...

...especially those of parents / carers and to take time to understand their needs fully.

To focus on preventing problems...

...before they occur and try to offer flexible, responsive support when and where it's required.

To base all we do on evidence…

...of both what is needed and of what works and be brave enough to stop things that are wrong.


Successful Early Help Will Mean:

  • are physically and emotionally healthy
  • are resilient and able to learn well
  • are supported by their families, community and (when necessary) professionals in order to thrive
  • live in safe environments
Parents and Carers:
  • support one another in the community
  • know where to get help if needed
  • have trusted relationships with school, community, other parents
  • are well informed about how best to help their child develop and motivated to make great choices.


Useful Contacts

Families can sometimes need support from a wide range of agencies. We recognise that other agencies will be able to support children and families based on their specialised work. Therefore, our role is often to signpost families to the resources that will best support their needs.

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: