Safeguarding and Child Protection


At Penponds school we are committed to keeping our children safe.

If any of our parents/carers or pupils have any concerns they can speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Rebekah Bailey or our Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Hannah Richards. (See contact DSL contact information, our summary of 'What to do if you are concerned about a child' and the '7 Golden Rules for Safeguarding' below)

We adopt the local CAPH approved Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for Schools in Cornwall.

Anyone visiting the Penponds site are given a copy of the Safeguarding Children Single Agency Induction Training (Inter Collegiate Level 1) leaflet (See below) and are advised who the DSLs are.

We regularly speak to our children about how to keep safe.

See below for examples of our Monthly Safeguarding Snapshots and our class 'How do we keep you safe in school' discussions.

Monthly Safeguarding Snapshots - where we speak to a cross-section of children across the school and ask them questions about keeping themselves safe. We aim to speak to every child each year. 

'How do we keep you safe in school' class discussions - where one questions is asked and children think of all the ways Penponds keeps them safe. Anything that is missed we ensure it is taught in the moment with the children. These sessions are timetabled for each term, however they can be used more often if needed. 

All staff receive regular refresher Safeguaring training.

In September we review the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) with staff at INSET.

Staff then complete online training for Tier/Level 2 and KCSIE which assesses their understanding and are awarded certificates for achieving appropriate pass level through our subscription to the Flick Learning platform. Completion of this is monitored in school.

From October, we use Safeguarding: 7-minute briefings which are shared weekly with staff. The briefings cover one discrete area of safeguarding children (the list of topics covered can be seen below). Once staff have digested the information they complete a short quiz to assess their understanding of the briefing. Completion of the briefing and pass rates are monitored in school. See examples below of the briefings.


Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Board

Multi-Agency Referral Unit - 0300 123 1116

Out of Hours Service - 01208 251300

Police - 101

If you have concerns about a professional working with a child/children you should contact your Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01872 326536
Follow this link for support for parents  on how to keep your child safe
Follow this link for the latest Safeguarding Newsletters from Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
7 minute briefings list for academic year by week
7 minute staff briefing - Managing a Disclosure
7 minute staff briefing - Voice of the Child
7 minute staff briefing - Emotional Abuse
7 minute staff briefing - Sexual Abuse
7 minute staff briefing- Child Neglect
7 minute staff briefing- Physical Abuse
7 minute staff briefing- Online Safety
7 minute staff briefing - Child Sexual Exploitation
7 minute staff briefing - Social media and mental health.
7 minute staff briefing- Child Criminal Exploitation
7 minute staff briefing- LGBTQ+
7 minute staff briefing- Prevent
7 minute briefing - County Lines
7 minute briefing slide - Children home alone
7 minute briefing slide - Honour based violence
7 minute staff briefing- Homelessness
7 minute staff briefing- Children missing from education
7 minute staff briefing- FGM
7 minute staff briefing- Adverse Childhood Experiences.pdf
7 minute briefing MARU and Thresholds.pdf
7 minute staff briefing- Whistleblowing.pdf
7 minute staff briefing- Child on child abuse
7 minute staff briefing- Self Harm
7 minute staff briefing- Children of parents who misuse substances
7 minute staff briefing- Fabricated and Induced Illness
7 minute staff briefing- Disguised compliance
7 minute staff briefing- Child trafficking
7 minute staff briefing- Managing allegations-Adults
7 minute briefing - Building emotional resilience in staff teams
7 minute staff briefing- Low Level concerns
7 minute staff briefing- Looked after children
7 minute staff briefing- Contextual Safeguarding
7 minute briefing - Domestic Violence and Abuse
7 minute staff briefing- Children of parents with mental health issues