At Upton St Leonards Church of England Primary School, the health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We are committed to playing a full and active part in the multi-agency response to child protection concerns.


All staff have current safeguarding training and new staff have safeguarding training as part of their induction. All staff across the school receive an annual update from the Designated Safeguarding Lead in addition to this and regular updates through Support Staff/ TA/ Teacher CPD Meetings. 

We review our policy and procedures on an annual basis. 

Cause for Concern 

Staff are asked to report any cause for concern to the Safeguarding Team. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns. 

Prevent Duty 

In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.  All staff haev regular Prevent Training online. All new staff are trained as part of their induction. 


All staff have received online training on FGM. New staff receive training upon induction. Staff know how to identify if a child may be at risk. They know the signs to look for and most importantly how to refer, following the school’s safeguarding procedures.

Sexual Concerns 

All staff have been trained to identify early cases of child sexual exploitation and how to respond to sexualised language and behaviour displayed by pupils.   

Safety on the Web 

E-Safety is taught in the first lesson of every Computing unit of work across our Computing Curriculum. For the rest of the academic year, this is then revisited through sites of application across the curriculum in all subjects when technology is used or discussed.  

Parents and carers receive a monthly E-Safety Newsletter from the school with advice and tips on how to keep their child/children safe online. 


All lateness and absences are recorded by the office team and monitored by the Inclusion Team and our Attendance Officer on a daily basis. Reasons are sought for all absence or lateness. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. As a school, we work closely with the Local Authority and if attendance concerns continue without improvement, the school will refer the case to incur penalty charges or for prosecution. Please see our attendance page fpr further information. 

Early Help

Our aim is to help pupils and families as early as possible when issues arise. ‘Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.’ (DfE 2014).
We believe that early interventions for children or families, in many cases, will prevent children from experiencing harm. 
Within Gloucestershire the Early Help Partnership is co-ordinated by Families First Plus but all organisations working with children and young people should view themselves as part of the Early Help Partnership.
Please find below our Offer of Early Help along with the single consent form:

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL/ DDSLs)

All of our staff are trained in child protection and receive regular updates and refresher training. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads have advanced practitioner qualifications.

All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as 'Designated Safeguarding Leads' in school. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Sarah Broadbent (Headteacher) – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mr Andy Lewis (Deputy Headteacher - Teaching and Learning Head of School) Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Mrs Hayley Bird (Assistant Headteacher - Pastoral Head of School) Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Mr Ross Eakers (Extended Care Lead) - Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) 

The Designated Teacher for Looked after children/ Children in Care is Hayley Bird.

Our safeguarding Governor is Neil Eley, who works closely with the Safeguarding Team to ensure that safeguarding is effective, specifically around strategic issues. Mr Eley meets the DSL regularly to audit, review and support our policies, processes, and procedures. 

What do I do if I have a concern about a child?

If you are concerned about the health, safety or wellbeing of a child, please speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Alternatively, you can contact the local authority’s Children and Families Helpdesk on 01452 426565 (during office hours) or email them at [email protected]. If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child, you must phone the police.

Other useful links:

Click here for Childline 

Click here for the NSPCC 

Please find below our Safeguarding Policy and other key documentation:

Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those working with children and young people in education settings

Low Level Concerns Policy

Staff Code of Conduct

Site Security Policy

School Vision

Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another