Guilsborough C of E Primary School

Guilsborough C of E Primary School

Safeguarding explained


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2023

Everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to safeguard and protect their welfare. If you have any concerns about a child, you must refer those concerns to the school’s designated person with responsibility for Child Protection listed below.


The Safeguarding Team is:

Katie Shilliam - Headteacher - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Dorothee Holcombe - SENCO - Deputy DDSL

Richard Fletcher - SLT - DSL trained

Jo Martin - Pastoral Teaching Assistant - DSL trained


Identification of child abuse is very difficult. Individual factors or indicators of abuse may not be particularly worrying, but in combination they can suggest that there is a serious cause for concern. There are four main areas of abuse, all of which have many indicators. These areas of abuse are



Other factors may also potentially impact on children’s well-being, these include acute family stress, domestic violence, homelessness, racism or other discrimination. Sadly, child abuse happens to children of both sexes, at all ages, of all cultures, religions and social classes, and both to children with and without disabilities.

If you are worried or concerned about a child, then please speak to a designated member of staff. 

Click here to access our:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding /Child Protection Appendices
  • Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs Policy
  • Equality Duty Policy
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Anti-Bullying Policy



The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deals with referrals from professionals and members of the public who may have concerns about a child’s welfare. It makes the process of dealing with referrals quicker and more effective by improving the way county council: Children’s social care, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), Youth Offending Service (YOS) and education, work alongside other partner agency colleagues including Northamptonshire police, Northamptonshire health partners, National Probation Service, and the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to share information.


To contact MASH

  • By telephone contact to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 126 7000;

If you have a concern about a member of staff in school, please contact the Headteacher, Katie Shilliam, on


If your concern is about the Headteacher, please contact the Chair of Governors, Graham Leah, on 


If you have a concern about any adult who is working with children, you can also contact the  Designated Officer (formerly known as the LADO) on 


In addition, further information can be found on the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. The links can be found below:

Home - Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (

You can find additional information at:

The Northampton Safeguarding Children Board:

Through this website you can find information about how to make a referral yourself, the agencies that may help you and a wealth of resources. 

The Department for Education: Keeping Children safe in education

Your child will find more information at: www.childline/

Free 24 hour telephone helpline: 0800 1111