'Safeguarding is effective.'
'Leaders have ensured that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose'.
'Pupils feel safe and well cared for at school.'
Ofsted November 2018

Safeguarding Intent

At Hodnet Primary School, we provide a safe and secure atmosphere for pupils to learn and thrive. We pride ourselves on our welcoming, supportive and safe learning environment. Our Safeguarding principles and procedures were recognised by Ofsted as being effective and fit for purpose and we were praised by the inspector due to all our pupils feeling safe and well cared for. 

We have three Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)

  • Mrs Penny Lyall (Headteacher)
  • Mrs Ceri Williams (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Miss Jenny Darmanin (Senior Teacher)

 Our Safeguarding link governors are (dual role 2021/22) 

  • Mrs Jen Rogers
  • Mrs Jane Jones
The curriculum content and direct teaching of safeguarding principles is mainly through our PSHE curriculum, our computing curriculum and via our in class and whole school assemblies.  


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
  • Providing first aid                             
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care                                   
  • Internet/Online safety
  • Making appropriate arrangements to ensure school security
  • Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions

Safer Recruitment is integral to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. 

Safeguarding all our children is of paramount importance to us therefore, all necessary risk assessments are carried out prior to any activity. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out when recruiting new staff or volunteers.  When welcoming visitors we check whether they have a DBS and carefully monitor their contact with children according to the regulated activity rules in the DBS guidelines. We are a “Safer School” and at least one member of staff and governors who are involved in the recruitment process have attended “Safer Recruitment Training.” New staff are made aware of all the related Safeguarding documents including the Child Protection policy as part of the induction process and all staff receive Child Protection Awareness training regularly.

What to do if you have concerns

If you have concerns about the safeguarding or welfare fo a child or a vulnerable adult you can seek advice firstly via our school DSL’s or through contacting the Shropshire First Point of Contact team (FPOC) on: 03456789021

                                                     If you are in immediate danger call 999

                                                   Childline can be accessed on 0800 11 11

                                                  NSPCC can be accessed on 0808 800 5000

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