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Safeguarding Statement


Children have a right to be cared for and protected. Protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. At Drayton Community Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that all pupils are kept safe.


We are committed to providing a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.  The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such an approach would not be in the child's best interests. 


Designated Safeguarding Lead/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads


Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to Miss Spencer, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Durman or Mrs Keetch. 


Miss Chloe Spencer is our school's designated safeguarding lead (DSL)


Mrs Sally Cooper, Mrs Lisa Durman and Mrs Tracey Keetch are deputy designated leads (DDSL)


If a child is in immediate danger, you must call the police on 999.


Immediate concern


The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the front door to Children’s Social Care for all child protection and immediate safeguarding concerns. If there is an immediate safeguarding concern where a child is deemed at risk or has potentially suffered significant harm, the MASH team should be contacted immediately.


For example:

  • Allegations/concerns that the child has been sexually/physically abused.
  • Concerns that the child is suffering from severe neglect or other severe health risks.
  • Concern that a child is living in or will be returned to a situation that may place him/her at immediate risk.
  • The child is frightened to return home.
  • The child has been abandoned or parent is absent.


If you have a concern about a child, please call MASH on 0345 050 7666 during office hours (8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 4pm, Friday)

Outside office hours call the Emergency Duty Team on 0800 833 408


Local Area Designated Officer (LADO)


The role of the LADO is to ensure that allegations against people working with children are progressed in a timely and appropriate way. The role covers all settings where people work with children (e.g. football clubs, church groups, childminders) not just Oxfordshire County Council employees.


The LADO should be made aware of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:


  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children


If you need to report an allegation, you can do so by contacting the LADO on 01865 810603