Child Protection and Safeguarding

The welfare of the child is paramount.

At Spencer Nursery School the safety and welfare of our children is of the utmost importance.

Because of the day-to-day contact with children, our staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. All adults working in the school must protect children from harm and abuse, including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Radicalisation/Extremism (Prevent Duty), Children Missing Education (CME) and be aware that any pupil may be at risk of harm or abuse.

We have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our pupils under the Education Act 2011 and Children Act 1989 through identifying any child welfare concerns and taking action to address them in partnership with families and other agencies where appropriate.

All staff at Spencer Nursery School have enhanced DBS status and are first aid trained. All new staff are recruited under our "Safer Recruitment" policy and procedures.

At Spencer Nursery School sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We are clear that this is not an inevitable part of growing up, we will never dismiss any issues and sexualised behaviours will be challenged at all times. 

We have a section, explicitly for sexual violence and sexual harassment in our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which clearly sets out our processes and procedures should this type of incident occur. Our staff have regular training about sexual violence and harassment so that they are all well equipped to deal which such events. Our pupils are taught about this (at an age-appropriate level) through our PSHE, Healthy Relationships curriculum including understanding the PANTS rule.


Spencer Nursery School's Designated Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding (DLS) is:

Mrs Sandra Tanner, School Business Manager


DLS Deputies:

Mrs Emma Walford – Headteacher

Miss Natalie Robins – Deputy Headteacher / SENCo / Inclusion Manager

Mrs Sharon O'Connor - Teacher

Miss Lauren Jackson - 0-3 Manager


The school's Safeguarding Governors are:

Mr Martin Richardson

Dr Emily Plummer


Deputy Safeguarding Governor:

Mrs Carole Cook