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Widden Primary School


Widden Primary School is committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy applies to all staff, governors and those visiting the school.  A copy of this policy can be found here.

If you or your child is ever concerned about their own well-being and safety or that of a friend, they should report their concerns to a member of the safeguarding team.

Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead Rachel Kittle
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Dave Hill

Emma Holt

Catherine Newbury

Penny Marshall

Robin Jacks

Sidd Baker

All staff employed by the school are subject to enhanced DBS clearance, other pre-employment checks and a full induction process.  All staff at the school have completed training in the following: Child Protection, FGM Awareness, Prevent Strategy and Mental Health awareness.  All staff at Widden also sign the Staff Code of Conduct and Acceptable IT user agreement. 

Safeguarding at Widden School is supported by regular updates and training which are calendared throughout the school year.  This is to ensure that all staff have relevant and appropriate working knowledge to allow them to support the young people in our care every day.

We are an Operation Encompass School.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Safeguarding encompasses the following:

Child Protection Staff Conduct
Safer Recruitment School Environment
Mental Health Awareness PSHE Curriculum
SEND & Inclusion Attendance
Anti-bullying Behaviour Management
Whistleblowing  Health & Safety / E-Safety
Transition Arrangements Extended Services


Offer of Early Help

At Widden School our priority is keeping children safe.  Students who feel safe and supported are able to learn more effectively and achieve their potential.  With this in mind as a school we are proactive in identifying and supporting students who would benefit from having additional support.  As a school we are very aware that no single professional working with a family can have a complete picture of a child’s needs.  The school works closely with our allocated Early Help Coordinator and other external agencies to identify children and families who would benefit from early help.  We aim to develop strong relationships with our students and their families to ensure a positive programme of support for those students in need.

Our Early Help Coordinator is: Katherine Barber

Early Help Information

Glos Families Directory

Early Help Offer

Safeguarding During the School Holidays

If you are aware of any safeguarding issues during the school holidays please email and add 'Safeguarding Concern' into the subject area.  Any email sent marked for safeguarding will be responded to within 24 hours.