Safeguarding Statement

Horspath Church Of England School Safeguarding Statement

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Helen Barnard – Head teacher

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Jude Zabell – Inclusion Lead

Our Additional Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Mr Jordan Mayling -Senior Teacher

Mrs Michelle Bailey – Deputy Head teacher

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Emily Elias

If you have any concerns about a child’s safety or welfare please ask at the office to speak to one of our safeguarding leads.

Horspath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We actively listen to all pupils and always take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school and feel safe and secure in the environment. We work in partnership with all parents, carers and external agencies to help every child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the school community.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education“ Sept 2019. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is the Head teacher Mrs Helen Barnard, she is supported by Mrs Jude Zabell – inclusion leader and both members of staff have received appropriate training for their roles. All staff members at Horspath School receive Child Protection training and updates on a regular basis.

We have safeguarding procedures in place and a Safeguarding Policy to which we adhere. The procedures that we follow have been laid out by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Policy has been written in accordance to their guidelines. If you would like more information regarding our procedures, please contact Mrs Rachel Medley.

Occasions do arise where we have concerns regarding a child’s welfare. We will always aim to discuss our concerns with parents and carers first however on some occasions we may need to share information and work in partnership with Oxfordshire Children’s Services. On these occasions it may be necessary for Children’s Services (whilst investigating an incident under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989) to speak to a child without parent’s knowledge or permission. The decision to do this would be made in collaboration with Children’s Services and would only be in circumstances where a child may be at immediate risk of significant harm.

In order to ensure we promote a safe environment for pupils, the selection and recruitment process at Horspath School includes a number of checks for new staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Criminal Records Bureau checks, as recommended by Oxfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Alison Beasley.

Alison Beasley – Designated Officer (LADO)
Tel: 01865 815956
Mobile: 07833 436649

Donna Crozier – Assistant Designated Officer
Tel: 01865 816382
Mobile: 07901 331799

Sandra Pasquet – Assistant Designated Officer
Tel: 01865 323457
Mobile: 07785 453264

Hannah Holland – Assistant Designated Officer
Tel: 01865 32 3032
Mobile: 07867 467822

If you cannot contact Alison, Donna, Sandra or Hannah in the first instance, please contact the Safeguarding Team on 01865 810603 or email the LADO team:

OSCB – Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

This is a resource for keeping young people safe with information about what to do if you are worried about a child.  The following link provides a wealth of information and support for parents and carers.

Alternatively you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub directly (MASH)

MASH is a multi-agency team which identifies risks to vulnerable adults and children. They seek to enable the sharing of information so that risks to children can be identified at an early stage. It is a link between universal services such as schools and GPs and statutory services such as police and social care.

If you have a concern about a child, please call MASH on 0845 050 7666.