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Safeguarding Awareness

Ladybarn Primary School is fully committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of all children who attend this school.  The school will work closely with Kingsway Trust Schools, other schools, Manchester City Council and the Department for Education to protect and promote children’s health and safety.

Ofsted has defined the term ‘safeguarding pupils’ as:

‘The process of protecting pupils from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development , and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables pupils to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.'

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Louise Taylor

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Ariana Yakas

Safeguarding Trustee

  • ​The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

  • The school recognises that as school staff are in regular and frequent contact with pupils, they are particularly well-placed to observe signs of abuse or neglect.

  • The school is aware of the responsibilities which all staff have with regard to the protection of pupils from abuse and from inappropriate and inadequate care.  Therefore, the school is committed in reacting in accordance with the Kingsway Community Trust’s and Manchester City Council’s agreed procedures in all cases where there is concern

  • Staff will ensure that confidentiality protocols are strictly followed and under no circumstances will they disclose any information about children outside of their professional role.

  • Click here to view our Safeguarding Policy


Our school is part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools. One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified.


If you are concerned about domestic abuse, please come and speak to Miss Taylor or Mr. Caldwell. 

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Children are made aware of the grown ups they can speak to if they have any safeguarding worries, through posters, displays, assemblies and PSHE lessons.

If a child speak to a grown up about their concerns, the school would:

  • Listen carefully and take is seriously

  • Explain to the child what will happen next

  • Refer to the appropriate agencies if necessary

The school would not:

  • Ask leading questions

  • Make promises they cannot keep

  • Jump to conclusions

  • Speculate or accuse anyone

All staff receive level  1 safeguarding training annually and the Designated Safeguarding Lead receives level 3 training every 2 years.

Safeguarding is Ladybarn's highest priority and staff receive regular safeguarding updates in staff meetings and via emails throughout the year.


​This information is to provide parents and carers with the knowledge of what to do if they or school have concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by:-


  • Inflicting harm, or

  • Failing to act to prevent harm

Children may be abused in a family or in an institution or community setting, by those known to them, or, more rarely, by a stranger

What is abuse and neglect?

Physical Abuse may involve the following

  • Hitting

  • Shaking

  • Throwing

  • Poisoning

  • Burning

  • Scalding

  • Drowning

  • Suffocating

Sexual Abuse is a child being made to watch or being subjected to acts of a sexual nature.

Emotional Abuse is defined as ‘Persistent emotional maltreatment of a child, such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development’. This may involve ‘Conveying to children that they are worthless, unloved, inadequate, or valued only in so far as they meet the needs of another person’.

  • Age or developmentally inappropriate  expectations

  • Over protection, limitation of exploration and learning, preventing in the child participating in normal, social interaction

  • The exploitation or corruption of children

  • Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. School has a responsibility to report safeguarding concerns. This may be a child witnessing inappropriate actions or materials. If there are concerns raised about your child, where possible we will always endeavor to speak to the parents or carers first. However, in serious cases, the matter would be escalated to the appropriate agency without informing parents.

Child on Child Abuse is a broad term encompassing a range of abusive behaviours both perpetrated and experience by children. It can happen both inside and outside of school and can include bullying, sexual harassment, stalking and grooming for sexual and criminal exploitation.

Prevent Duty

Ladybarn Primary is committed to promoting British Values.   Our curriculum / ethos supports the Government’s anti-radicalisation policy (PREVENT). Concerns around radicalisation will be treated as a safeguarding matter.

Please report any concerns/issues you have about a child/ren to the designated persons for Child Protection at Ladybarn  Primary school on 0161 445 4898.

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