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‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Parent/carers should know that the law (Children Act 2006) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care.  This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.  Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.’


Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs. Young (Head of School)

Mrs. Hicks (Nursery/Reception Teaching Assistant)

Mr. Hilton (Executive Headteacher)


The governor responsible for Safeguarding is Elizabeth Gilkes.


Safeguarding Policies

All associated policies with Safeguarding can be found by clicking the link below to the Policies and Links page.

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Online Safety Policy
  • Mobile Phone Policy
  • Staff and Governors Social Media Policy
  • Staff Behaviour Policy (Code of Conduct)
  • Safer Recruitment and Employment Policy

Prevent Strategy

As part of Acorns Primary School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we support the Government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance to help build resilience to extremism.


The Prevent Strategy is a Government Strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  It:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health).


The Executive Headteacher has been trained by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board, and is licenced to train staff regarding  Prevent.

Education is a powerful tool against the ignorance, division and fear created by extremism. We will provide children with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to challenge extremist ideas.  At Acorns Primary School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum, so that our children recognise and respect diversity and difference, and feel valued members of our school community.  We are aware that children can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views from early childhood through a variety of sources and media, and that they may at times reflect or display views which may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, or use offensive language.


Any discrimination, prejudice or extremist views, including offensive language, shown by pupils or staff will be dealt with in line with our Behaviour Policy and Staff Code of Conduct, and will always be addressed.