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Rotherfield Primary School's safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all school stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues.  It makes explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.

Miss Bishop is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and Mrs Seymour is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mrs C Hanson is our Safeguarding Governor. 

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Rotherfield Primary School.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals 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.

Sometimes we will need to share information with other educational settings, outside agencies and children’s services. Where possible, we will inform you when we are going to share this information. When we feel it is not in the best interest of the child to inform parents of any information sharing we will record this in the child’s safeguarding records. We will always record what information was shared and with whom.

Operation Encompass aims to reduce the long-term impacts of domestic abuse by providing early intervention and support. When the police attend incidents of domestic violence or abuse where children are directly or indirectly involved, they notify the designated safeguarding lead  before the start of the next school day. The safeguarding lead then makes sure the child gets the immediate support that they need. Rotherfield is fully signed up to this service. 

If any parent has any safeguarding concern regarding any child at the school they can speak to Miss Bishop or Mrs Seymour in confidence, or email

Click here to download  Rotherfield School Child Protection and Safeguarding policy

Click here for wider safeguarding information from the NSPCC 

Click here for information from East Sussex regarding Safeguarding