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Southwold Primary School


Safeguarding at Southwold Primary School and the Yox Valley Partnership

We recognise that children in their care have the fundamental right to be protected from harm. We will do whatever is reasonable to promote our pupils’ safety and wellbeing. We are committed to create an ethos which contributes to the care, safety and wellbeing of children, staff and visitors of our schools.

The principles that underpin our ethos include ensuring that our children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to, if they have any concerns. All staff, governors and regular visitors will be trained to know how to recognise a disclosure from a child and know how to manage it in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education.The child will be made aware that we cannot make promises or keep secrets.

We will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other relevant agencies. However, although we aim to balance the protection of the child with the rights and needs of the parents, the child’s safety must always come first.

Should you have Safeguarding concerns regarding any pupil at one of our schools, please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at the school, details for whom you can find below:

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Katy Last, Academy Head, email address:
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Maria Clark, Office Manager, email address:
Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead: Christina Pates, Assistant Academy Head, email address:
Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jo Garnett, Assistant Academy Head, email address:

Consortium Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our schools are a safe place for children, where our responsibilities for safeguarding children are taken seriously. Our Locality Committees are regularly updated about child protection, bullying and safeguarding policies and practices by the Academy Head, and or other members of the Trust's Central Team.

The Trust fully adopts the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance annually; all staff receive Statutory Training, as well as an update briefing each PD Day in September, covering all aspects of safeguarding and prevent.

Emergency Point of Contacts & Safeguarding Support

Our Trust, its schools and pupils are supported by robust safeguarding and emergency point of contact and safeguarding support during school closure periods.  Please view our emergency point of contact and safeguarding support for the forthcoming School Holiday Closure Period below.

Emergency Point of Contact (EPOC) & Designated Safeguarding Lead during May half term (27th - 31st May 2024)

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, CEO, Tel: 07908 262623

After hours Property/Estates emergencies should be reported to Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, CEO, Tel: 07908 262623


global awareness

The Trust actively promotes global education and encourages our schools through PSHE and after school clubs to develop their pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness through the education of countries, cultures and religious festivals.

As part of this, the Trust recognises the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

prevent duty guidance

As part of the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It is also designed to ensure that everybody respects the beliefs of others. 

Click here to view the governments: Prevent Duty Guidance

channel duty guidance

It is the Responsibility of every adult in our schools and communities to ensure that we maintain the highest level of awareness about the risks and potential exposure to young people who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, extremism or radicalisation.

The Trust is committed to the safeguarding of children in our schools and communities and fully support the government's Channel Programme, as part of our Safeguarding responsibilities.

Click here to view the governments: Channel Duty Guidance

teaching tolerance

Find government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values. Find resources here.

Should you have Safeguarding concerns regarding any pupil at one of our schools, please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at that school. Alternatively, you may contact any one of the following Trust's Safeguarding Officers:

consortium trust safeguarding officers

The Trust's Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer is Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, CEO; if you wish to contact Andrew directly regarding any concerns, please email him at:
The Trust's Director of Primary Education, Tamsin Little, is the Trust's Deputy Safeguarding Officer.  If you wish to contact Tamsin directly regarding any concerns, please email her at:
The Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding is Sue Child; if you wish to contact Sue directly regarding any concerns, please email him at:
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