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Child Protection/Safeguarding



This school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children. We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or are at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first – unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Safeguarding at Abbeywood

Mrs Hughes is the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is responsible for ensuring the safety of both pupils and staff. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Rachel Evans, Zoe Gilmour, Sarah Mills and Adele Davies who support Mrs Hughes in these duties.

Mrs C Hughes

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs R Evans

Senior Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Z Gilmour

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Mrs A Davies

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Mrs S Mills

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

These people also hold responsibility for children in the Looked After system with Mrs C. Hughes being the named person. 

Throughout the academic year, we raise the profile of safeguarding and safer schools with assemblies on anti – bullying, LGBTQ+, online safety, road safety, diversity, our school values and many more topics to ensure that pupils can keep themselves and others safe.

Pupils have Learning for Life/PSHE lessons each week to ensure they are taught the skills they need to live healthy and safe lives. We invite visitors in to work with our pupils, such as the local community policing team, to deliver safety messages outside normal lessons.

Should you have any concerns/issues regarding safeguarding or child protection you can talk to any members of staff or contact one of the above designated safeguarding lead(s) in the school.

Our Policies

You can view our safeguarding policies here.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and county council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.



If you believe that somebody is being bullied, you should contact the school office without delay on 01527 962794 or

You can view our anti-bullying policy on our policies page here.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Harassment

Online Safety and Cyberbullying

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What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.

The Single Point of Contact for the school is Miss A. Saul (Principal & DSL)

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.

This means schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from abuse, bullying and drugs.

Importantly, schools can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.

How do we support the Prevent strategy at Abbeywood?

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. We will ensure that all conversations are suitable and age appropriate.

Frequently asked questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and ideological extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others. We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

Key terms

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Where to go for more information

Contact the school

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

See our policies

You will find more details about radicalisation in our safeguarding policy and our safeguarding against extremism policy available on our website. We also have information about spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British values.

External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Additional Support

Signs of Cyber Bullying

Worcestershire Here2Help Service

Starting Well


Operation Encompass


Get Safe


The Get Safe Partnership is committed to tackling Child Exploitation and supporting victims and their families who experience this. Follow the link for more information.



Contact Us

Abbeywood First School,
Wood Piece Ln,
Church Hill Way,
Redditch B98 9LR

01527 962794