Safeguarding and Child Protection
Vernham Dean Gillum’s Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children and expects all staff, Governors and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
The school follows procedures set out by Hampshire Education, and the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board alongside taking guidance from the Department of Education.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Cheryl Hawkings
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Holly Bulpitt
Safeguarding Governor: Paul Nicoll
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils at all times. However there may be occasions when the school has reasons to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by Hampshire County Council Children’s Services and inform them of the concern.
If you are worried about a child’s safety please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hawkings or Mrs Bulpitt straight away on 01264 737241. If you feel a child is at immediate harm please call 101 or Hampshire Children's Services on; 0300 555 1384 or Wiltshire Children's Services on; 0300 456 0108.