Who is responsible for Safeguarding?
Everyone at Alpington is responsible for safeguarding the children in our care! All staff receive regular training and know that they have a responsibility to follow our safeguarding policy and report any concerns about a child through the correct channels. All visitors and volunteers to our school also receive safeguarding information and are expected to follow the procedures in place.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:
Mrs Rosie Welch – Headteacher. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Michael Stowers – Assistant Headteacher. email@example.com
If you have any concerns or would like more information, please contact a DSL by email or by calling 01508 492700.
Anyone who has concerns about a child can ring the Children’s Advice and Duty Service.
Tel: 0344 800 8020
More safeguarding information can be found in the school’s safeguarding policy.
You may already be aware that there has been a lot of press around the “Everyone’s invited” website, where many young people shared their testimonies about sexual assault and harassment. The majority of the testimonies involved incidents between children. We want to ensure that our school has an open, listening culture where children feel safe, valued and able to share if something happens to them that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. It is really important that all the adults at home and in school have the most up to date information so we can support and guide the children in our care.
The following link was shared by Norfolk County Council as a good source of information for parents and school staff. If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In school we regularly talk to the children about the importance of talking to a trusted adult if anything happens to them that makes them feel frightened, uncomfortable or they feel is wrong. This is an important part of our curriculum, covered through specific subjects such as RSHE and computing (internet safety) and through class circle times and collective worship. Each class uses the NSPCC “Pants” resources each year, as recommended by Norfolk constabulary. You can find more information about this here.
The link to “Childline” is on each class page of this website.
In the summer of 2021, OFSTED published the findings of their review of “sexual abuse in schools and colleges”. You can read it here.
With children of Primary age we know that it can be difficult to know how to tackle a subject so sensitive. We want to keep the discussion appropriate to the children’s age and stage of development. All the staff in school have received training on what normal sexual behaviours look like for children of primary age so that we can take appropriate and measured actions where problems arise. We are also working to ensure that children’s voices are heard and that our teaching of RSHE in school is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all the children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us straight away, using the contact details above.
Online safety posters for parents and children
Here are 2 posters with some key online safety messages for parents and children.
Helplines and websites about Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse comes in many forms, all of them damaging and none of them OK. Following are some useful telephone numbers and websites offering help and support for you or for someone you know. If we can help in ANY WAY please get in touch via e-mail or ‘phone and we will signpost you to the support you need. Please remember that you are not alone and there are people who can help.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 08082 000247
Norfolk Community Law Service: 01603 496623
Leeway: 0300 561 0077
In an emergency call 999 for the police. If you can’t speak, listen to the questions from the 999 operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. If prompted, press 55, The operator will put you through to the police.
How can I help?
We know you want to support the school in keeping children safe. The following websites have useful information for parents and children about keeping safe and online safety.
https://reportharmfulcontent.com/ to report harmful content.
Information for adults and children at
At Alpington & Bergh Apton Primary School we are working with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass. In order to achieve this, Norfolk Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s). On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt. All information sharing and resulting in actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse – Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.