‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners 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.’

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2021)

At Gusford, keeping children safe is at the forefront of everything we do. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) without delay.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP). The SSP is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Suffolk. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from the school website.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

The Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is Carmen Hopkins (Deputy Head - Inclusion & Pastoral).

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Assistant DSLs can be contacted via or by telephoning the school office.

  • Carmen Hopkins - Deputy Headteacher (Lead DSL)

  • Pippa Wake - Head of School

  • Kim Wright - Family Engagement Team

  • Tanya Mann - Family Engagement Team

  • Pippa Coleman - SENDCo

They can be contacted by phoning the school on 01473 682148 or emailing

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, you can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub directly via the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership website or by telephoning Customer First on 0800 800 4005.

If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of harm, please telephone 999 immediately.

If your concern relates to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff, then you should report this to one of the DSLs, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher).

safeguarding out of hours

during School holidays or during national school closures

If you have an urgent concern about the safety or welfare of your child, or someone else's, out of school hours, during a school holiday or during a national school closure, please contact Customer First immediately via

If your concern is not urgent but you would like to speak to a member of school staff, please contact the school DSL team at and we will respond as soon as possible.

If you are concerned for your child's mental health and wellbeing during this period, please visit the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway via the link below.

Remember that it is vital that all of us, children and adults, are following social-distancing guidelines at this time. Please ensure that your child is at home with you or with a safe and trusted adult. We realise that many children will be staying in touch with their friends via online gaming, messaging and social media sites. Please be mindful of the potential dangers online and ensure that you are continually checking and monitoring your child's internet usage.


300322-GPS Safeguarding and CP Policy.pdf

All policies, including our latest Safeguarding & Child Protection policies for our school and trust can be found on our policies page.

Safeguarding video

Safeguarding Video: The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership have created the this video to raise awareness of safeguarding for children and adults at risk and tell members of the public what to do if they see something that doesn’t seem quite right. During this challenging time, it will be even harder for children and adults who are already vulnerable to tell us what is happening to them. We are all responsible for safeguarding and now more than ever it is important that we are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect.

County Lines slides

County Lines.pptx.pdf

County Lines

Suffolk Police are working hard with schools to raise awareness of ‘County Lines’ amongst our young people. County Lines is simply a term used to describe drug dealing in and out of town. Suffolk Police have created a set of slides that will help you understand County Lines and how to support your child if you are worried.

We would encourage you to talk to your child about this subject and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thankfully in Gusford this is unlikely to be an issue for any or the majority of our young people. However, as our pupils develop more independence, we want to make sure we do all that we can to make sure it isn’t an issue for any of them in the future.