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Child Protection



Child Protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.

There are four types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect

Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The Grove has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.

The Grove has a comprehensive safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which is overseen by Senior Leaders and regularly reviewed by our Safeguarding Committee (see below).

In June 2023 the Local Authority carried out a comprehensive Safeguarding Review and summarised: 

"The school has robust and detailed arrangements for safeguarding. Pupils say they feel safe and happy and trust staff to make the right decisions to keep them safe.

Leaders are reflective and know their community and families well which ensures the right support is offered in a timely way. and are keen to develop these even further. Staff feel well supported and well trained. They work hard as a team to ensure that everyone one is aware of any indications that children are at risk. Positive relationships help this supportive communication with all stakeholders."

There are designated lead staff who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Anna Pemberton. 

Any concerns you have in relation to the welfare of a child ( a child is being harmed or at risk of harm) should be reported to Mrs Anna Pemberton (Headteacher and DSL Lead) or one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Miss Rebecca Denmeade, Mr Andy Cottle, Mrs Emma Morse, Mrs Morwenna Rutland or Miss Kirsty Brine.

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