The safety and welfare of children – or safeguarding – is everybody’s responsibility.

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Safeguarding means protecting children from harm or the potential for harm in all environments including at home, in school, on the street and in the digital world. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.

Most children generally enjoy happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. As a parent, carer, neighbour, member of staff, volunteer or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse or neglect.

Thongsley Fields Primary & Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We follow the procedures set out by the The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (CPSCB) as well as the guidance issued by the Department for Education including Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment and other organisations such as the NSPCC.

Safeguarding Team

If you are worried about a child, please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team to discuss your concerns. You can also email safeguarding@thongsleyfields.org or, during office hours, call the main school office on 01480 375321.
Mrs S Frampton

Mrs S Frampton

Inclusion Lead (SENCo)sframpton@thongsleyfields.org
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr David Jones

Mr David Jones

Headteacherhead@thongsleyfields.org
Safeguarding Team
Mrs S Matthews

Mrs S Matthews

LOWER KS2 LEADsmatthews@thongsleyfields.org
Safeguarding Team
Miss P Forster

Miss P Forster

EYFS Leadpforster@thongsleyfields.org
Safeguarding Team
If outside of school hours or if a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of significant harm, a call should be made to Cambridgeshire Children’s Social Care and/or the police without delay.

Our Curriculum

At Thongsley Fields, we value direct teaching of subjects such as respect for ourselves and others, healthy relationships and keeping safe in a variety of situations.  This is a key feature of the school’s proactive and preventative approach to safeguarding. 

Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum includes units on themes and topics such as Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco, Relationships and Sex Education, Personal Safety and Online Safety.   Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues in a safe environment.  Parents and carers are encouraged to get involved in supporting this work by reading information that is sent home, attending workshops and talking to class teachers when questions arise.

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Information Sharing

Parents and carers should be aware that the law requires all school staff to record and pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. This may include marks, bruises, injuries or recurring infections; poor health or diet; persistent or unexplained absences from school; low parental engagement or emotional support, etc.

We will seek to discuss any concerns with parents and carers, however, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents or carers.