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What is safeguarding & child protection?

Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It includes action against bullying, including cyberbullying and online safety, treating all children equally regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs, preventing impairment of health and development, ensuring that all children are effectively cared for, and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Child protection relates to system-wide procedures for keeping children safe. This includes staff training and awareness, liaison with other agencies (e.g. Multi-Agency Team, Social Care, the police), safer recruitment (including rigorous vetting and background checks on appointed staff), and protecting children from issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, children missing from education, child sexual exploitation, racism, extremism and so on.

Specifically, child protection focuses mainly on four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. Neglect, physical and sexual abuse will also include emotional abuse, but this can be a category on its own. For definitions, see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Safeguarding at Portway

At Portway Junior School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  We follow the Derby City Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures.  When there are concerns about a child’s welfare, we sometimes may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies.  We will ensure that concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. 


Site Security

All staff and visiting adults sign in to school and wear identification tags. The outer doors and gates are locked, and a fob system is in operation for access to the building. The site supervisor conducts perimeter checks every morning, and ensures that the site is secure.

Safeguarding leads

All staff and governors are trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding, and this is updated regularly. Some senior staff are trained to a higher level; the key roles in the school are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Karen O’Farrell (Safeguarding & wellbeing Manager)

Deputy DSLs: Emma Wilkinson (Head of school), Emily Gulliver (Deputy Head) and Kate Fernie (Business Manager)

In their absence, the following staff are also trained to this level:

Joanne Barnett (SENCo)


The Lead Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Elizabeth Dark

The Chair of Governors is Mr Andrew Ward


Local Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and all contact information, including making an online referral, can be found: Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership.


During a school closure period, or weekend, any safeguarding concerns need to continue to be reported to


The government has published a detailed document about keeping children safe which gives information about a wide range of safeguarding topics related to children.  You can find the document by clicking: KCSIE 2022

Staff Training

After appropriate background checks (e.g. enhanced DBS), all staff receive induction training in safeguarding. Staff must read a variety of documents, and leaders ensure that they have understood the information and a document is signed to confirm this. All adults who work in school have their details kept on the ‘Single Central Record’, which is managed by the Office manager, Amy Mitchell. It is checked by the Head teacher, Head of school and Link Governor for Safeguarding. Staff receive training from both internal and external experts. Staff have received training around being vigilant to forms of harm and abuse, and understand which procedures to follow if they suspect that this may have happened. All records are kept securely by the DSL, and the school uses an online system for this called CPOMS. 

The DSL & DDSL complete an annual Derby safeguarding audit, and from this writes and shares a s175 action plan that is shared with governors and the Trust. There are many school policies for safeguarding, some of which are included in the policies section of this website.

Safeguarding in the curriculum

Children are kept informed via whole school assemblies of how to stay safe and what to do if certain situations occur (e.g. cyberbullying). Teachers also give age-appropriate messages via PSHE lessons and weekly assemblies.

Department for Education

The Department for Education have issued guidance for parents and carers regarding keeping children safe online.  The guidance from section 6.3 states:

6.3 Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

Thinkuknow(advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

Internet matters(support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Parent info: (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

LGfL(support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Net-aware: (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)


Online Safety Advice for Parents/Carers

It is important that you are aware of what young people are able to do and what they can access on the Internet.  You are able to set parental controls to track what your children do and to limit what they can access. The NSPCC have a dedicated information section for parents to support them in managing their children's use of social media and online gaming with specific advice on popular games and what you, as parents, need to know.

Click on the links for online safety information published by NSPCC and their latest campaign and resources for parents/carers:


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