Designated Safeguarding Leaders

Cranmer staff and governors take very seriously their responsibility to ensure pupils’ safety and well-being. Cranmer will follow guidelines set down by the Local Authority to ensure pupils’ safety and will follow our well-established Safeguarding Children Policy, doing all we can to protect pupils, referring to and involving other agencies when this is necessary.  Appropriate confidentiality will be ensured and respected throughout.

Cranmer has 4 Designated Safeguarding Leaders:~


Ms Hick - Headteacher

Strategic DSL

Mrs Walker - PSAM

Operational DSL

Mrs Walstow - SENDco

Deputy DSL

Mr Smith - Deputy Headteacher

Deputy DSL & LAC Leader

Procedures/Roles and Responsibilities

We will follow the procedures below and, as set out by the Local Authority of Merton, to:-

  • Ensure we have a designated senior person for Safeguarding Children who has received appropriate training and support for this role (i.e. Headteacher and PSAM); The headteacher has overall responsibility for doing all to ensure this policy is implemented.
  • Have a member of staff with key expertise in this area and with experience and qualifications relevant to social care – to offer advice and to work to safeguard children in role as PSAM.
  • Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for Safeguarding Children. (i.e. Ms Joanne Boddy).
  • Ensure every member of staff, volunteer and governor knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for Safeguarding Children and their role. This is carried out via induction and through the staff handbook and governor meetings.
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated teacher responsible for Safeguarding Children. This is carried out via meetings, memos and via Assistant Headteachers. AH s are responsible for ensuring that all staff and volunteers within their key stage are aware of their responsibilities towards safeguarding children.
  • Ensure that the nominated governor in conjunction with the school reviews policy and practice to ensure these are effective.
  • Ensure all new staff are inducted in child protection issues via the staff handbook, Child Protection induction training and through this policy.
  • Ensure supply staff and volunteers receive information regarding their action in the event of a concern or disclosure.
  • Ensure that services and agencies using the premises and working with the children have appropriate policies and checks in place.
  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus through newsletter articles and via specific conversations with parents when appropriate.
  • Notify social care if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is on a Child Protection plan.
  • Notify a Headteacher if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days for a child who is/has been monitored – or for whom there are any concerns.
  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their inquiries regarding safeguarding children matters including attendance at case conferences.
  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately – this will be done via blue report forms and also in class teachers’ incident books if need be.
  •  Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main pupil file, and in locked locations. Incident books will be locked away in the classroom and all report forms will be passed to the headteachers who will ensure that they are secure.
  • Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed and relevant people are trained in this.

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