We are committed to promoting the Safeguarding and welfare of all pupils in our care, staff and visitors, as well as providing more personalised support to some of our more vulnerable pupils and families.

At Highfields Primary School, we aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children through early intervention, vigilant and rigorous safeguarding procedures and through effective and efficient record keeping.

Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

Members of staff, parents/carers and visitors who come on to our school premises have a duty of care towards the welfare and safety of the children who attend our school. This is called Safeguarding.

Safeguarding is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

Child Protection is:
  • Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • It is activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children in our care and to protect them from harm.

Everybody's Responsibility:

Keeping children safe is the responsibility of the whole school community, this means even those visiting the school have a responsibility to report instances of actual or suspected abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s).

Low Level Concerns

The term ‘low-level’ concern does not mean that it is insignificant, it means that the behaviour towards a child does not meet the requires expectations.

A low-level concern is any concern – no matter how small, and even if no more than causing a sense of unease or a ‘nagging doubt’ - that an adult working in or on behalf of the school may have acted in a way that:

  • is inconsistent with the staff code of conduct, including inappropriate conduct outside of work; and
  • does not meet the allegations threshold or is otherwise not considered serious enough to consider a referral to the LADO.

The Low Level Concerns Procedure below will provide more details about:

  • clarity of allegations
  • low level concerns
  • appropriate conduct
  • processes and follow-up information

If you have any concerns or need advice about safeguarding, please do not hesitate to email us using the email below. This email is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A member of the Safeguarding Team will respond to let you know we have recived your concern.


Highfields Primary School Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

Mr E Rowe (Headteacher)

Mrs J Vanzaria (Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs A Hubber (SENCO)

Mrs D Bolina

Anybody who is concerned that a child is at risk of immediate harm should contact the Police immediately.