Crockerne Church of England Primary School

To be the best me that I can be




At Crockerne, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. Our staff receive thorough and regular Safeguarding training. At Crockerne we are aware of our responsibility to safeguard all children, therefore have a strong and clear safeguarding culture and protocol. This requires that all staff appropriately share any concerns that we may have about children with the Designated Safeguarding Lead and local authorities. These include contacting the Local Authority Lead Officer or Child Protection Team, Intake Team or Social Care, all of which will provide consultation and advice for anyone working with children.  If we need to refer a child to Social Care, then the child's adults will be informed, unless to do so would put the child at greater risk of harm or impede a criminal investigation. If in doubt, we will consult with Social Care at this point.


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Tanya Slatter (Learning Mentor).

The Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are Mrs Geeta Verrell (Co-Head Teacher) and Mrs Lara Furmidge (Co-Head Teacher), and Sonya Crutchley (Assistant Co-Headteacher)


The Designated Teacher for Looked after Children (LAC), Post Looked after Children (PLAC) and Pupil Premium Champion is Mrs Geeta Verrell.

All of whom are contactable via the school office.



 At our school we aim to:

  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and create a culture of vigilance
  • Raise awareness of and respond appropriately to Safeguarding and Child Protection issues
  • Equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe in the real world and online
  • Have clear procedures for identifying additional needs and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse and allegations against teachers and other members of staff
  • Support pupils who are subject to a Child Protection Plan



Please follow the links below to find advice on supporting children and families with a range of safeguarding concerns:



NSPCC: Talk Pants- a simple guide to helping your child stay safe from abuse (we use this material with our younger pupils at school)



Here at Crockerne, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available come with risks and associated challenges.


Parenting in a Digital World- advice for parents on how to keep pupils safe online


Internet Matters is another useful site for helping parents keep their children safe online.


Common sense media has up-to-date information and reviews of films, books, websites and apps which could be helpful for parents.


We are aware of many Apps used by children, which can pose e-safety issues. The Carly Ryan Foundation has produced fact sheets on the more popular apps, providing useful information and advice:


Prevent Strategy:

From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".  This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.  It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.

Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making.  Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.


Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural Information

From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, suspect, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM.

To obtain more information on FGM, please click on the link below, for Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.



Early Help

There are a number of ways we can support you, your child and your family. We can signpost you to other services, provide pastoral support, organise workshops and coffee mornings, provide details of holiday clubs and activities and, if necessary, make a referral to the local authority Early Help service for children, young people and families. If you would like to know more about the support they can offer, details can be found on their website:

Our designated person for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Tanya Slatter (Learning Mentor).

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Lara Furmidge and Geeta Verrell (Co Headteachers), and Sonya Crutchley (Co Assistant Head Teacher)  


Our designated governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection is Bryony Roberts


The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is:


Julie Bishop
01275 888211