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Safeguarding & Child Protection

On-line Child Protection

Parents and children can access resources on safe use of the internet, or report on-line abuse, at the following site staffed by the Police service.


Tidcombe Primary School Child Protection

If you have any concerns about any child, and feel that you need to speak to someone to discuss these concerns, then please telephone the school on 01884 252973 or come into the school office.


The school has five staff fully trained in Child Protection: Claire Goddard, Sara Smith, Kate Southcott, Rob Giffard and Simon Green is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). In his absence ANY of these staff can carry out his role.


Our school is fully compliant with KCSIE (Keeping Children Safe in Education) and the latest statutory guidance can be found:

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1

This means that any visitors to the school will have to have background checks carried out prior to visiting OR be accompanied at all times. We can’t always guarantee that staff will be available to accompany you, so you may be turned away because of this, please contact us prior to your visit.


If you would rather speak to someone out of school, or during school holidays, then please contact:

  • CYPS Child Protection Team 0844  8805838 (Monday to Friday 9a.m.-5p.m.) or
  • Emergency Duty Team 0845 6000 388 (outside of normal office hours.)
  • MASH 0345 155 1071
Parents who have concerns about their children may look to schools as a trusted source of advice on how to keep their children safe from these risks. In addition to material produced by local authorities and the police, such as the new “Prevent Strategies” online campaign launched by the Police (www.preventtragedies.co.uk) – there are online resources produced by civil society groups which provide valuable advice, for example ‘Families Matter’ (www.familiesmatter.org.uk) run by Families Against Stress and Trauma.

For more information please also see:


Useful Links


Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next  school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.


The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.


Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience.

Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s

Safeguarding and Child Protection Staff


Sara Smith

Early Years Lead - Nursery Teacher - Senior Leadership Team


Kate Southcott

Attendance and Safeguarding Admin

For professional colleagues and other outside agencies, Simon Green is the DSL however Kate Southcott is the point of contact Monday - Friday between 8am-1.15pm on our office telephone number, 01884 252973.


Simon Green

Head Teacher - Safeguarding Lead Child Protection Officer


Claire Goddard

SENCo - Assistant Head - Deputy Safeguarding Lead


Rob Giffard

Year 6 Teacher - Assistant Head - Deputy Safeguarding Lead



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Our focus is to develop learners who have the dispositions of “empathy, aspiration, resilience, confidence and enquiry.”

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