At Watling Lower School, we recognise that nothing is more important than safeguarding our children. 

We expect all of our staff, governors and volunteers to be completely committed to protecting children from maltreatment and the impairment of their mental and physical health or development. This duty is everyone's responsibility and we recognise the importantce of sharing our concerns, no matter how small, with our safeguarding leads who maintain an overview for every child in the school. 

Our aim is that all of our children will grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, enabling them to achieve the best outcomes.

Our Safeguarding leads are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Robert Cook - Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Donna McLean - Deputy Headteacher

Safeguarding Governor - Frances Calvert

If you would like to report any concerns you have about a child, please contact the school office on 01582 662232 and ensure that you make it clear that you have a safeguarding concern. If neither is available, we will ensure that one of our DSLs will call you back as quickly as possible.

If you have concerns that a child is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the police on 999.

You may also make a referral to Children's Social Care directly by calling 0300 300 8585.

Our safeguarding policy provides a detailed picture of the school's procedures and practices.

Watling Lower School's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 

 Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools to ensure that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools.

Every school appoints a trained Key Adult  – the Key Adult is the person who receives information about police attended Domestic Abuse incidents.

Our Key Adult is Robert Cook - Headteacher

The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse. This timely information sharing  enables appropriate support to be provided for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature. We will not ask the child or adult about the circumstances that led to the notification. However, we are happy to listen if any party wishes to discuss it with us and you should ask to speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads: Robert Cook or Donna McLean.