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Keeping our children safe is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.  We believe that we have systems in place that enable us to do this consistently, expanding our own knowledge and processes in line with Government guidelines (for example by incorporating advice to prevent extremism and radicalisation – the PREVENT duty) to ensure that staff are always aware of any child who may not be safe and that they know what to do in this situation.

To achieve this, we use a safeguarding policy that makes explicitly clear to staff the actions that need to be taken should they have any concerns about children.  This is supported by regular, updated continuous professional development for all staff.   As a school, we check the background of all employees and volunteers through DBS checks to ensure that there is as little risk as possible to our children.

Visitors to the school have to complete a visitor book: the benefits of this are that we have visitor details and bespoke badges so that everyone knows a visitor has been registered.  It helps safeguard everyone in school, even the visitor, as it makes our register of who is in school complete – essential if the school has to be evacuated.

Paper copies of all our policies are available on request, for free, from the school office.

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A copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here

 SEAT Harmful Sexual Behaviour- Peer on Peer abuse Policy July 2021

Report a Concern
Bardfield E-Safety Policy can be found here.

Safeguarding Children – What to look out for.
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Bullying and Cyberbullying Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Unlike bullying offline, online bullying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.


Criminal exploitation is child abuse where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes.

Child Sexual Exploitation Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.

Child Trafficking Traffickers often groom children, families and communities to gain their trust. They may also threaten families with violence or threats. Traffickers often promise children and families that they’ll have a better future elsewhere.

Domestic Abuse All children witnessing domestic violence are experiencing emotional abuse.

Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that involves the continual emotional mistreatment of a child. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse. Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare, humiliate, isolate or ignore a child.
Female Genital Mutilation FGM is when a female’s genitals are deliberately altered or removed for non-medical reasons. It’s also known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting’, but has many other names.

Grooming Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.

Neglect Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and the most common form of child abuse. A child might be left hungry or dirty, or without proper clothing, shelter, supervision or health care. This can put children and young people in danger. And it can also have long term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Non-Recent Child Abuse Non-recent child abuse, sometimes called historical abuse, is when an adult was abused as a child or young person under the age of 18. Sometimes adults who were abused in childhood blame themselves or are made to feel it’s their fault. But this is never the case: there’s no excuse for abuse.
Online Abuse Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the internet. It can happen across any device that’s connected to the web, like computers, tablets and mobile phones. And it can happen anywhere online

Physical Abuse Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms a child or young person on purpose.



Sexual Abuse When a child or young person is sexually abused, they’re forced or tricked into sexual activities. They might not understand that what’s happening is abuse or that it’s wrong. And they might be afraid to tell someone. Sexual abuse can happen anywhere – and it can happen in person or online.
We can all play a part in protecting children and getting them the right help. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support. This website brings together advice and resources to help you keep the children in your life safe.



Government Guidance Documents

Working together to Safeguard Children

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Information Sharing

Supporting Children at School with Medical Conditons

Prevent Duty 2015

Health & Safety Advice on Legal Duties & Powers

Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006

When a safeguarding allegation about a member of staff or an adult working in an early years and childcare setting (or yourself if you are a childminder) is reported or known, the correct procedure MUST be followed.