Safeguarding at our school

Stafford Leys Primary School is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, all staff share this commitment. The Health & Safety of all our children is paramount.

The school provides a safe, secure and caring environment in which their children can flourish. To meet this expectation, we closely follow our school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection policyE-safety policy and Health & Safety policy. Details of these policies can be found in the policies section of the website.

Visitors at Stafford Leys are expected to follow our policies and procedures. We have created a leaflet to summarise the key information you need to know. This can be downloaded below.

Stafford Leys Safeguarding Leaflet For Visitors

Our Safeguarding Leaders

​Miss Bignell – Head Teacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Stuart – Deputy Head
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Hardy – Deputy Head
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Hargrave – ​Maths and Assessment Leader
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mr Kitchen – Substantive Head​ Teacher
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Rowley – English Leader
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

If you are worried or concerned about a child’s safety you can contact the school’s safeguarding team on 0116 2392482.

If, you are worried about a child’s safety out of school hours contact:

  • First Response Children’s Duty Team 0116 305 0005 (24-hour phone line)
  • Phone 999 if a crime is being committed or if a child is in danger
  • Contact Leicestershire police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed but there is no immediate danger.

Its important to be aware that:

Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support or help of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.

In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to the Social Services Department, for children to be assessed for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required.  In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents.  However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to the Social Services Department if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.

The Social Services Department tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion.  It has to gather information and generally it can be open with parents about the steps being taken. If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to the Social Services Department, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents.  It is important that all parties (including parents and school staff) try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible.