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Chevening (St Botolph’s) C.E. Primary School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, volunteers, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Chevening (St Botolph’s) C.E. Primary School recognises our statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We recognise the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to be safe and feel safe.
In our school children are respected and encourage to talk openly.

Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • We are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
  • It is our whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
  • All our staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our safeguarding policies.

Key Safeguarding Contacts:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Karen Minnis (Headteacher)

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Lisa McLean (Deputy Headteacher) & Natasha Caisley (SENDCo)

Safeguarding Governor: Alan Leaman

If you need to speak to a Safeguarding Lead, please ask for them via the School Office on 01732 452895.

During the pandemic and subsequently, we became aware that a number of our families and friends are experiencing loss and bereavement. We have tried to gather our usual resources together, so we can signpost parents/carers and older children to sources of help, advice and comfort.

Please see the list of websites below, as well as the two documents updated by Mr Qureshi. Some of the websites have information specific to COVID-19, as well as general information about grieving. Normally, we would be lending our supply of books to families to use, but at this time, it's probably better to seek online versions or alternatives. The list of book titles covers all ages, including adults.

Safeguarding Information

  • CEOP- Thinkuknow
    Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

    Every day, with your support, the NSPCC works to protect children and prevent abuse, to make child abuse a thing of the past..

  • Childline
    Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.