Safeguarding and Child Protection – everyone’s responsibility 

Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not always the case, especially during difficult family times. As a school, we have a duty to ensure that arrangements are in place for safeguarding.


Definitions of Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the process of:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development.
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes and life chances.

Child Protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.

Our policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection (which lists signs of potential abuse and what to do if you have a concern) can be viewed and downloaded here.  We can provide paper copies if you prefer – please do come and ask at our office.

If you have any concerns, relating to safeguarding, about a child at our school who you feel needs additional help and support, please do come and speak to one of the members of staff listed below:

Key Personnel:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Katie Bentham, Headteacher. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Iren Gabrovska (first point of contact as Child Protection Officer (CPO)
  • Jess Stodart, Deputy Headteacher
  • Nicola Vivian, Assistant Headteacher and SENCo
  • Jess Russ, Assistant Headteacher
  • Laura Greenshields, Strategic Lead – Learning and Teaching
  • Thurka Balendran, Strategic Lead – Learning and Teaching

The designated Governor who acts as a link between the DSL and the Governing Body is Deb Edgell.

The designated governor responsible for liaising with the Local Authority and/or partner agencies, as appropriate, in the event of allegations being made against the Headteacher is Jo Gautam.

Posters with photos of our DSL and deputies are displayed around our school and in our main reception area. You can also contact RBK’s Single Point of Access (SPA) team between 8:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday (please see below).

In an emergency

RBK has a duty team that can be contacted out of office hours (evenings and weekends) – please see below.  If you think a child is in immediate danger, you should contact emergency services.

How to contact RBK children’s safeguarding team:

Tel: 020 8547 5008

Email: SPA@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Emergency Services – phone 999

Out of hours duty team – phone 020 8770 5000