Arundel Court Primary Academy and Nursery is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and we expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act, without delay, to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. We seek to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need. You can read more in our Safeguarding Policy below, which is updated every year.
‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’ (KCSIE 2023)
‘This child centred approach is fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. A child centred approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.’ (DFE Working together to safeguarding Children 2018)
Our Safeguarding Team
Our team comprises:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Ruth Worswick
Our Deputy Designated Leads: Mrs Annabel Buckman, Mrs Kirsty Dixon, Ms Ella Skeggs and Mrs Anitha Venugopal
Our Pastoral Workers: Mrs Teresa Campbell, Mr Dom Chapman, Mrs Tanya Cutler, Mrs Bev Tait and Mrs Lindsey Wells
Worried or Concerned about a Child or Young Person?
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, or you are worried that a child may be at risk of suffering harm please contact Ruth Worswick at email@example.com
Alternatively you can contact Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):
During office hours call 0845 671 0271 or 023 9268 8793 Out of office hours call 0300 555 1373
If a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999.
You can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (free service, lines open 24 hours a day). They will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger. For further information or to report your concerns online visit the NSPCC website Keeping Children Safe page.
Our Safeguarding Policy