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Church Lench CE First school fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children. Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.

There are 6 main elements to our policy:

  1. Ensuring we practice safer recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children;
  2. Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe;
  3. Efficiently implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse;
  4. Supporting pupils who have been identified as in need of early help, at risk of harm or have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed individual plan (Child Protection, Child in Need or Early Help);
  5. Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  6. Ensure all staff are continually updated on a regular basis with new policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations to ensure their knowledge and understanding of safeguarding is robust. DSL/ DDSLs attend relevant and updated training in all areas of safeguarding on a regular basis. 


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Head Teacher Mrs S Price

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs H Pratley and Ms E Munro


Our safeguarding leads have accessed Operation Encompass training to support children and families exposed to domestic violence. 



Operation Encompass Letter to Parents

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023-24

Early Help Statement 2023-24