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Woodside Primary School

Safeguarding at Woodside

At Woodside Primary School we are committed to safeguarding all the children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are protected, respected and valued. All our staff are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that our children receive effective and timely support.

We aim to ensure that:

  • Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare
  • All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
  • Staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues

Designated safeguarding lead: Helen Robinson

Deputy designated safeguarding leads: Nikki Georgiades, Iman Atwal & Tayo Ogundare

You can call us with any concerns on 0208 654 5333 or email


If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to any form of abuse, then the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.

If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff at the top of this page.

During periods when school is closed you may have a concern about a child. At this time you should report your concerns to Croydon Social Care on 0208 255 2888. Click here for more information


OPERATION ENCOMPASS - We have signed up to be part of this Police strategy. It means that we will be informed if any child in the school has been present at an incident of Domestic Violence. This will enable us to support the child in school. Click here for further details.

Policy and Procedures

Our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy is available on our policies page. It is reviewed by staff on an annual basis. Here you will also find other policies relating to Safeguarding including our Whistle Blowing Policy, Health & Safety Policy and E-Safety Policy.

We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up-to-date and in line with the latest DfE legislation. Policies and procedures are also reviewed and revised by the Trustees on a regular basis.

Disclosure & Barring Checks

We follow safer recruitment protocols at every turn. Amongst many procedures in place during the recruitment period, all staff wishing to work or volunteer with us must undergo a DBS check. We meet statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with us who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.

Medical Care

Within school, we have first aid trained staff who are available during the day to attend to students who become ill or have an accident.

Parents are asked to provide a daytime telephone number and an alternative emergency contact so that they can be contacted if necessary.

If medicines need to be administered to a student, this must be discussed with the office. All medicines must be stored safely within the office and not be kept on the student.

Safeguarding Specifics

FGM (Female Gential Mutilation)

FGM covers all procedures that intentionally alter/injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. All teachers have a mandatory responsibility to report any known case of FGM to the police.

If you believe a child is at risk or has been a victim of FGM then call 01452 426565 or use the NSPCC FGM helpline:

NSPCC FGM Helpline

Contact days and times: 24 hours

Tel: 0800 028 3550

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities.

In practice it aims for police and other organisations to build relations across the UK and requires faith leaders, teachers, doctors and others to refer any suspicions about people to a local Prevent Body. An assessment is then made about whether further action is needed.

Please click here for a link to the official government document

Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU)

If you see any content online related to terrorism, you can report it anonymously to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU).