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Willingdon Primary School


The safety and well-being of our children at Willingdon Primary School is of utmost importance to us and we will always act in the interest of the child.

We know that all act with the view that Safeguarding is 'everyone's responsibility'.

  • Mrs Gemma Roxburgh - Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr Jeremy Woodham - Assistant Headteacher/Inclusion Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Naomi Savage - Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Nicola Hadley - Acting Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility.

In the first instance, concerns should be reported directly to Mrs Gemma Roxburgh or in her absence, Mr Jeremy Woodham

Further Key Contact Information:

NSPCC: 0808 800500

CHILDLINE: 0800 1111

SPoA - Single Point of Advice: 01323 464222

Email: spoa@eastsussex.gov.uk

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding can be defined by promoting the health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.

What is child protection?

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.

All members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection.

The Safeguarding Governor is Mr Mahendra Parmar.

All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded using our online safeguarding database CPOMS (Child Protection Online Management System) and when required, investigated externally thoroughly in line with our Safeguarding Policy. 


Operation Encompass

Our school takes part in an operation run jointly with Sussex Police called ‘Operation Encompass’.

Operation Encompass was designed to provide early reporting to schools/colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families.  Further information can be found at https://www.operationencompass.org/

A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, was trained to liaise with the police. At our school, our Key Adult is Mrs Gemma Roxburgh, DSL. She is  able to use information that has been shared with her, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by a child and/or their family.

We are always keen to offer the best support available to our pupils and families, especially in tricky times.  Minimal information is shared by the police.  It may be that you, knowing that we will get this notification, would like to contact us to share a bit more information about what has happened.  We would very much welcome this in order to best support your child.

You could do this by email dsl@willingdonprimary.co.uk  or ring and ask to speak to Gemma Roxburgh or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (as listed above).

The more we understand about what might be tricky or distressing, the better we are able to support your child.


CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.

You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.

As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.

Are you being bullied? CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them o

Online Safety

Please see our Computing Curriculum page for information about how we teach Online Safety here at Willingdon Primary School.

Please also see the Parent Tab for specific Online Safety guidance from National Online Safety - What Parents' need to know about.




Net Aware has partnered with Ambitious about Autism to bring online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND. Click the link below for more information as well as activities that can be used with SEND children to talk about online safety.


Making sure children are accessing age appropriate content is important as part of our role to educate pupils to become responsible internet users. 

We regularly send out useful online safety reminders via Edulink to update parents and carers of any trends and patterns where children seem to need support.

"Reviews, tips and advice for social media apps can be found at:


Advice on how to set up parental control and safety/privacy settings can be found at:

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/social-media/ .




Tips and advice to help keep your kids safe

Talk PANTS is here to help children understand that they have a right to say no and if they need to speak out about something, someone will listen. We teach this at Willingdon Primary School and each class has a book to help them to remember.