The Laurels Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow the procedures set out by West Sussex County Council and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).
School Safeguarding Team
Miss Charlotte Bull – Headteacher & Designated Child Protection Officer
Miss Arris Shanahan – Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by WSCC and inform the Social Services of the concern.
For more information
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To make a report
Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? Contact CEOP:
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: