At Painters Ash Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Kent Area Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Gina Salter (Headteacher) Joe Murray (Assistant Head Teacher). They can be contacted via email
The Additional Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Katherine Heasman (Deputy Head), Mrs Elena Matthews (Assistant Head) and Mrs Mannie Hooper (FLO)
The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Katherine Heasman.
Worried or concerned about a young person or child?
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk if suffering harm should contact Miss Salter or Mr Murray.
Alternatively, you can contact the Kent Safeguarding Children multi-agency partnership https://www.kscmp.org.uk/guidance/worried-about-a-child
If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all children. We have a detailed child protection policy which explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. Please find this policy below.
MISS GINA SALTER
MR JOE MURRAY
Assistant Headteacher - SENCo
MRS ELENA MATTHEWS
MRS MANNIE HOOPER
Family Liaison Officer
MRS KATHERINE HEASMAN