Safeguarding at Groombridge School

At Groombridge School we are all committed to safeguarding and the wellbeing of our children, staff, parents and volunteers connected with the school. We are fully committed to ensuring that there are consistent and effective procedures in place. Please see the Visitor's Guide at Reception for additional information.

We have four trained designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) – Miss Nicholls (Lead), Mrs Denton (KS1 pupils), Mrs Cook (KS2 pupils) and Mrs Paice (SEN and Vulnerable Pupils). We have a Safeguarding IEB Governor who also monitors safeguarding issues - Mrs Bennett.

If you have any serious concern about your child or any other pupil at Groombridge School please contact the DSLs immediately and they know who to contact for advice using the appropriate degree of confidentiality. All members of staff receive regular safeguarding briefings and training so that they are aware of the school’s/ESCC procedures.

All staff and Governors share these objectives to help keep all children safe:

· Helping children develop skills to keep themselves safe

· Raise awareness of safeguarding issues

· Support vulnerable children and children who have been abused

· Creating and sustaining a safe, nurturing and caring environment free from discrimination or bullying where our pupils can learn and develop happily

To achieve this we ask that you help us achieve our objectives:

1. Report any serious safeguarding concerns to the DSLs and/or SPOA

01323 464222

ESCC Social Services website

2. Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried or concerned and that they will receive support

3. Establish and sustain an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to

4. Support the PSHE curriculum to enable children to develop the skills they need to be safe and stay safe

5. Call 999 if a child is in immediate danger

6. Call the NSPCC

7. See Hear Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.The programme has been created to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during this period by providing support to those who are not being seen by social care or other key agencies. Working with its partners, Barnardo’s aims to reduce the likelihood of harm and ensure other support and protective networks are in place using:

  • online digital support, including advice and information, online counselling and a telephone helpline

  • face to face interventions, such as support for groups at risk outside the home and one to one support

  • reintegration into education, including assessments and the delivery of support pathways back to education

See Hear Respond accept referrals from any source either through the Freephone number 0800 151 7015 and via the online referral hub.


All lateness and absence has to be recorded by the teachers/secretary and reasons will be sought and recorded. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the ESCC Safeguarding Team will be made if necessary. Parents will always be informed about concerns as soon as possible. If attendance concerns continue the school is required to refer this to the Education Welfare Officer.


Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always aim to do this with parent/carer consent, however if advised to do so or if there is a serious concern we will contact agencies without consent.

Safeguarding checks are confidential for all employees, visitors and contractors. Relevant information must be shared with police and social care where a child is or may be at risk from significant harm. We will ensure that advice is followed and that information is shared on a need to know basis.

Online Safety

If any parent has a concern about online exploitation, radicalisation, cyber-bullying or misuse of online technology, please look at HTTP.CEOP.POLICE.UK/SAFETY-CENTRE

Please also look at our website which has guidance for parents.

If concerns are reported to school, we have a responsibility to ask for and follow advice from social services, the PREVENT Team and the SPOA (single point of advice).

Angela Nicholls

Headteacher, Prevent Lead and Lead DSL

Click the following link to access the NSPCC Learning page

Parent factsheets