Emsworth Primary School

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The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the school is the Acting Headteacher, Laura Newton who can be contacted via l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk


There are three Deputy DSLs:

Richard Boxall, Acting Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo & Inclusion



Marie Lockton, Welfare Officer



Amanda Shepherd, Assistant Headteacher EY & KS1.


We safeguard our pupils by:

  • creating a safe environment for children through robust safeguarding practices;
  • ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, are thoroughly checked and safe recruitment procedures are adhered to;
  • making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice;
  • auditing our safeguarding procedures with the governing body and named governors with safeguarding responsibility;
  • teaching children how to stay safe;
  • embedding safeguarding values in our culture and ethos through positive communication and relationships;
  • maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.

The headteacher has lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection and we also have senior leaders who support this role. Our safeguarding and child protection policies can be accessed here:

Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection Policy

We have a monitoring plan for our safeguarding procedures and we review our practice in a constant cycle. As a school we are in a position to be able to:

  • spot potential risks and early signs and indicators of abuse;
  • manage identified risks and ensure thresholds for raising concerns are minimal;
  • promote keeping safe to children through culture and curriculum;
  • use case history to shape policy and adapt our environment;
  • maintain a robust recording system;
  • build strong and effective relationships with external agencies; 
  • target interventions;
  • implement a 'whole school' approach to well-being for pupils, staff and families.

We conduct an annual safeguarding audit and, alongside the Governing Body, identify our strengths and areas for development. We are ever mindful of the view 'it could happen here' and therefore place safeguarding at the centre of our culture and values.

We ensure we stay up to date and well-informed and we are then able to signpost families to resources and information which may help support them and their children:

 NSPCC support for families

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Barnado's Believe in Children Support & Resources

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Reporting and Support