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We at Stonegate Primary School take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.

It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) within school. The safeguarding lead is Deputy Headteacher Simon Page and the Deputy DSLs are the Headteacher (Mr Elms) and SENCO (Mrs Jones). 

We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Head Teacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors (Kevin Millington). The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.

We also follow the East Sussex Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children's Social Care, should the need arise.

By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.

Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions about the very serious issue.

The direct email for the DSL is: spage@stonegate.e-sussex.sch.uk  

Training for Staff:

  • All Staff have a first aid qualification. 
  • Whole Staff Safeguarding - January 2020 (Previous 2018)
  • Whole Staff Prevent Training - November 2019 (Previous 2016)
  • DSL training for Mr Page - January 2020
  • DSL Refresher Training for Mr Elms and Mrs Jones - February 2019
  • Governor Safeguarding Training completed by Mrs Ritchie and Mr Millington 
  • Whole staff training on E-Safety - February 2019
  • School signed up to Operation Encompass - June 2019.
  • Administering First Aid Training for Mrs Page - November 2016 and Jonathan Elms and Debra Keeler 2018. 
  • Handling complaints made against staff training for Jonathan Elms - November 2016
  • Safer Recruitment Training for Jonathan Elms - December 2019
  • Update of Behaviour Policy - September 2017 (to be updated 2020)
  • First Aid at Work Training for Mrs Seakins, Mr Page and Mrs Mortimer - January 2018
  • De Escalation and positive handling training for Mr Elms and 7 other members of staff - October 2018. 

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