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Key Information


16 Feb 2024

"It's everyone's responsibility."
"It could happen here."

(Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023)

What is Safeguarding?

At Downsell Primary School we are fully aware and committed to the on-going protection and safety of our pupils, staff and wider community in accordance with DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education. An integral part of that work relates to the Government's PREVENT strategy and the duties it places on academic institutions. 

Our school is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not. We adopt the approach of, 'it is everyone's responsibility' and 'it could happen here' when thinking about safeguarding. 

Staff will be alert to issues including:
  • Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups
  • Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images
  • Pupils accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites
  • Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance
  • Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence
  • Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils 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 or if we have been advised not to by MASH. 

Our Safeguarding Team 
Every adult at our school has a duty of care for our children. All staff are responsible for the safeguarding of all pupils. 

We have a team of staff that oversee and manage safeguarding and child protection across the school; they are our Designated Safeguarding Officers, who are led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Prevent Lead: Rachael Alexander-Gordon

Designated Safeguarding Officers / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL): Deena Chetty and Patius Africa 

Designated Safeguarding Officer / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) responsible for Online Safety, including filtering and monitoring: Monwara Rahman

Out of hours Designated Safeguarding Officer: Karen Hodges 



Our school policy

Child protection and safeguarding policy.pdf  

If you need to contact a member of the safeguarding team please contact the school office on 020 85560103.

Operation Encompass
Downsell Primary takes part in a project (Operation Encompass) that runs jointly between schools and Waltham Forest Metropolitan Police. 



The principles of Operation Encompass are very simple, within every school a trained key adult is appointed – in Downsell Primary this is Mr Chetty.  
Mr Chetty will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse to which a child has been exposed. This timely knowledge enables a plan for appropriate support to be made for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
At Downsell, we are keen to offer the best help and support possible to all of our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial in effectively meeting the needs of the children and families involved.
N.B. Any information shared as part of this project is kept securely and confidentially by the school.
For more information please visit Operation Encompass or speak to Mr Chetty if you have any questions about the project.

Safeguarding and our Pupils

Our curriculum supports us in teaching our pupils about safeguarding. We aim to empower our students to become confident, safe, happy and healthy individuals. 

Safeguarding across the curriculum.pdf 

Have a look at our safeguarding policy posters for children (found under the pupil links tab). These posters are displayed in classrooms and around the school, to encourage our pupils to talk to an adult if they feel worried or upset about anything. 


Safeguarding Newsletters

We publish safeguarding newsletters at different points throughout the year. The topic of these newsletters are decided by what is currently relevant for our children / issues that we have seen arise in our school / community at that particular time. 

Safeguarding Newsletter.pdf  

Safeguarding Newsletter Anti-Bullying .pdf  

Safeguarding Newsletter - Mental Health.pdf 

Our school fulfills the local and national responsibilities in line with the following:

Working together to safeguard children

Keeping children safe in education 

Teaching online safety in schools

Inspecting safeguarding in early years 

EYFS statutory framework 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment 

Children missing in education

Manadatory reporting of FGM (female genital mutilation)

Mental health and behaviour in school

Prevent Duty

County lines

Note for parents and carers:
If you are concerned about a child, young person or a member of staff, please ask to speak to a member of the school’s Safeguarding Team. 
Alternatively you can contact the NSPCC: help@nspcc.org.uk
Text: 88858
Phone: 0808 800 5000
Or call LBWF Social Care (MASH) on: 020 84962310
If a child is in immediate danger, please call the police. 

Links for further information:


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