Twynham Primary School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

An agreed definition of safeguarding is: ‘All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies’ – Joint Chief Inspectors’ report 2002.


If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the deputies:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Chapple (Headteacher)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Jennifer Hunter (Deputy Headteacher)

Child Protection Governor: Mrs Sue Spittle


All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding.  As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks for Staff and Volunteers

The school utilises the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.

The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff.

Parents and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.

Policies and Procedures

Please see our Policies page for our Child Protection Policy and Procedures, the Staff Code of Conduct, the Code of Conduct for Trustees and Local Governors, and the Whistle-blowing Policy.