Great Finborough Church Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 Our Safeguarding Team

All of our Safeguarding team wear name badges with red lanyards when in school.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs Susan Baldry 01449 613208
07760 177962 (out of hours)>
Mrs Susan Baldry
DSL Alternate Mrs Siobhan Howson 01449 613208
Mrs Siobhan Howson
DSL Alternate
Online Safety Lead
Mrs Harriet Elliss 01449 613208
Mrs Harriet Elliss
Safeguarding Governor Mr Neil Watts Mr Neil Watts

You can download our safeguarding policies and codes of conduct here:

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy E-safety policy  Whistleblowing Procedure
 Staff Code of Conduct Volunteer Code of Conduct

Early Help

“Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.”,  Working Together to Safeguard Children, DFE, March 2015

At Great Finborough Church Primary we recognise that family life can be complicated at times and the paths forward for young children are not always smooth. Our offer is designed to spot the early signs when things are not quite right and to make available appropriate support and guidance. You can find details of our Early Help Offer here:

Early Help Offer



PREVENT is a government strategy to reduce the likelihood of young people becoming radicalised and then engaging in any form of extremism. All our staff receive PREVENT training to help them to recognise the signs that can lead to a young person or someone in their family becoming radicalised or drawn into extremism. The school has strategies in place to deliver a broad curriculum that encourages respect and understanding of other peoples faith, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability. We encourage children to have a positive attitude to others, and aim to build their self esteem so they are not influenced by negative peer pressure.


Online Safety

We recognise the importance of online safety and include this within PHSE lessons in our curriculum, as well as having staff trained in this area and a policy about the appropriate use of technology.
If you would like advice, help or support with online safety, please use the CLICK CEOP button to link to the CEOP Safety Centre.
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The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Governing Body ensures that the school designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff.

The broad areas of responsibility for the Designated Safeguarding Lead are:

Managing referrals

Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care and:

  • The designated officer(s) for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member),
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/or
  • Police (cases where a crime may have been committed).
  • Liaise with the headteacher to inform him or her of issues especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations.
  • Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.


The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:

  • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments.
  • Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so.
  • Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school’s child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff.
  • Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers.
  • Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals.
  • Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses.
  • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school may put in place to protect them.

Raising Awareness

The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the school’s policies are known and used appropriately:

  • Ensure the school’s child protection policy is reviewed annually and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies or proprietors regarding this.
  • Ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school or college in this.
  • Link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding.
  • Where children leave the school ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school as soon as possible. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.

The DSL should also ensure that all staff receive safeguarding training at least once every two years.