What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means the actions we take and the systems we have in place at Parklands Community Primary School to promote the welfare of our children and to protect them from harm.  There can be no issue of greater importance to our staff, governors and parents and carers, than the safety of our children.

Who do I contact if I have a Safeguarding concern about a child?

If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding please contact:

Headteacher: Mrs Alesa Henham Scott – Designated Safeguarding Lead and member of staff responsible for Children Looked After

In her absence:

Deputy Headteacher: Miss Esther Flower


Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Alison Sole


SENCo: Miss Natasha Marley

Who else can I contact?

If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). You can contact the MASH during office hours on the details below:

Tel: 01403 229 900


The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email: ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT

When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the MASH decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.

NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline – 0800 028 0285

West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board

Safeguarding Children – NSPCC

Please find a copy of our Child Protection policy: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Parklands Community Primary School is also part of Operation Encompass, run jointly with West Sussex Police.  Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools/colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families.

Other areas linked to safeguarding:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Online Safety

FGM Guidance

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Prevent Duty

If you are a volunteer at Parklands, please find a copy of our Volunteer Handbook: Volunteer Reading Booklet 2018-2019

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