At Somerdale Educate Together Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Bath and North East Somerset Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and PLAC (Previously Looked After Children): Chris Thomas-Unsworth, Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Sam O’Regan, Deputy Head
Worried or concerned about a young person or child?
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk if suffering harm you should contact Chris Thomas-Unsworth during school hours.
Alternatively, you can contact the Bath & North East Somerset Safeguarding Children board here:
If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all children. We have a detailed child protection policy which explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. Please find the policy here:
Our Child Protection Policy follows new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. You can access this statutory guidance by clicking here: