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The Oaks Primary School

From Little Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks




The welfare and safety of pupils who attend our school is our paramount concern. We will promote the health, well-being and safety of the pupils in all we do.


We recognise that our pupils have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. We understand our responsibilities set out under section 175 of the 2002 Education Act and the Statutory DfE Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016’. to work together in partnership with other agencies to help pupils to grow up in a healthy and safe environment.

Summary of Child Protection Information for Visitors and Volunteers

The Oaks Primary School is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.


Our school will support all children by:

  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school
  • Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness
  • Effectively tackling bullying and harassment


We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.


At The Oaks, in order to protect our children we aim to:

  • Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse


If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentional or unintentional) you must contact the following staff member as quickly as possible.



Mrs Dodds - Headteacher

(Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection)

Mrs Gardner

(Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection)


Our School’s Other DSL’s

Miss Williams - Family Support Worker

Mrs Mitchinson - Assistant Head

Mrs Thurston - SENCo

Mrs Secker - EYFS Leader

Mrs Hunter - KS1 Leader

Mrs Baggley - Lower KS2 Leader



Everyone working with our children, their parents and carers should be aware that:

  • Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse
  • They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised
  • They should involve the designated Senior Person (DSP) immediately
  • If the DSP is not available the deputy DSP should be contacted
  • Disclosures of abuse or harm from children may be made at any time


If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away. 

See our Child Protection Policy for further information.


Information regarding the local authorities' policies and procedures can be found on the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board website.