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Ray Lodge Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

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Safeguarding at Ray Lodge Primary

'At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.' 

Jodi Rell

What is Safeguarding ?

The phrases ‘child protection’ and ‘safeguarding’ are often used interchangeably, but the words have distinct meanings. The key statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ explains what safeguarding is:

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined  as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Put simply safeguarding is:

  • Child protection
  • Supporting vulnerable children
  • Safe care, at home, in school and in the community
  • Taking action


Safeguarding at Ray Lodge Primary is placed at the heart of all it does. We have a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures all staff know what to do and they do it consistently across the school.

Other key aspects of safeguarding at Ray Lodge include:

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Security
  • Community issues
  • Online safety
  • Risk
  • Curriculum
  • Partnership working
  • Transition Planning
The Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs S O'Connor              
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs H Kaur
The Designated Teacher for Looked After Children Mrs S O'Connor
The Safeguarding Team

Miss J DeGallerie

Mrs A Redland

Miss A Jennings

Mrs S O'Connor

Mrs H Kaur

Mrs F McGrath


If you have any concerns regarding the safety and well being of our children please contact contact a member of the safeguarding team.

Guidelines for Internet Use by Children and Young People
  • Place computers in public places where everyone can see what is being viewed
  • Take an interest in internet use; talk to young people about what they've seen.
  • Monitor time spent online to ensure it does not become excessive
  • Educate young people to use the resource sensibly
  • Help young people to become critical users; " this information true?"
  • Warn young people about unsavoury sites and discuss the issues involved
  • Contact the Internet Watch Foundation ( if anyone finds any material you believe to be illegal
  • Compile lists of safe sites and chat rooms
  • Access chat rooms by checking if it is moderated and by whom and finding out if the chat room has a clear terms and conditions policy? Does it have appropriate access control and password verification? Does it remind users of safety issues? Does the chat room give young people genuine opportunities to interact and shape the chat?


To keep children and young people safe online ensure they are aware of safety tips or rules like the following. These tips will also need to be communicated in a way that does not scare children, but encourages them to take responsibility.

  • Never tell anyone you meet on the internet your name, address, telephone numbers, or any other information, such as information about your family, where you live or the school you go to.
  • Do not send anyone your picture, credit card or bank details without checking with a responsible adult.
  • Never give out your password to anyone, even your best friends.
  • Do not stay in a chat room if anyone says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried and tell a parent/carer if you see such material.
  • Always tell an adult if you receive a message that is scary, threatening or rude, do not respond and log off.
  • If you wish to meet someone you have met in cyberspace, ask a parent/carer's permission and then only when they can be present.

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