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At Springfield Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

What is Safeguarding & Child Protection?

Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It includes action against bullying, including cyberbullying and online safety, treating all children equally regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, or beliefs, preventing impairment of health and development, ensuring that all children are effectively cared for, and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Child protection relates to system-wide procedures for keeping children safe. This includes staff training and awareness, liaison with other agencies (e.g. Multi-Agency Team, Social Care, the police), safer recruitment (including rigorous vetting and background checks on appointed staff), and protecting children from issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, children missing from education, child sexual exploitation, racism, extremism and so on.

Specifically, child protection focuses mainly on four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. Neglect, physical and sexual abuse will also include emotional abuse, but this can be a category on its own. For definitions, see our Safeguarding (incorporating Child Protection) Policy by clicking the link below.

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding at Springfield

We follow the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures. When there are concerns about a child’s welfare, we sometimes may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies.  We will ensure that 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.

Safeguarding Leads

All staff and governors are trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding, and this is updated regularly. Some senior staff are trained to a higher level; the key roles in the school are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Jane Joyce Safeguarding & Deputy Head Teacher
Deputy DSLs

David Blackwell Head Teacher
Kirstie Large Assistant Head Teacher 
Catherine Knight SENCO
Amy Offler Teacher
Paula Willis HLTA
Lead Governor for Safeguarding James Woolley Chair of Governors

Professionals needing to contact the school's Safeguarding Leads out of hours or out of term time should email DSL@springfield.derby.sch.uk or telephone 07807 144 793

The email address will automatically forward emails to all members of the school's safeguarding team. These contact details are for professional use only.

Parents and carers who need safeguarding advice outside of school hours or term time should contact Derby City Council Social Care on 01332 641172.

Local Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and all contact information, including making an online referral, can be found at:

Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership.

The government has published a detailed document about keeping children safe which gives information about a wide range of safeguarding topics related to children. You can find the document, Keeping Children Safe in Education, by clicking the link below:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Emergency Contact Numbers

If you have an urgent safeguarding concern and you are concerned about the safety of yourself or a young person you know please ring one of the numbers below and seek immediate help:


Emergency 999

Non-emergency 101

First Contact

Derby City Children’s Social Care,

First Response Team

Weekdays 9am - 5pm

01332 641172, Option 1

Starting Point

Derbyshire Children’s Social Care,

Weekdays 9am - 5pm

01629 533190


Children's Social Care

Out of Hours Team

Evenings, Bank Holidays and Weekends


01332 956606


Young people can ring this number 24 hours a day.

0800 1111

 Online Safety Advice for Parents/Carers

It is important that you are aware of what young people are able to do and what they can access on the Internet. You are able to set parental controls to track what your children do and to limit what they can access. The NSPCC have a dedicated information section for parents to support them in managing their children's use of social media and online gaming with specific advice on popular games and what you, as parents, need to know.

Click on the links below for online safety information published by NSPCC and their latest campaign and resources for parents/carers:


Keeping children safe online. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how urgent it is for us to come together to stop online abuse. During last year’s lockdowns the NSPCC's helpline saw a 60% increase in contacts from people worried about children experiencing online sexual abuse. That’s why they are campaigning for laws to protect young people online. We all have a role to play - use our advice, tools and resources to help keep every child safe online.

Childline Information advice and support for children and families.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is part of UK policing and is dedicated to keeping children and young people safe online. You can click on the link on the left to find out more about CEOP. There are links to activities for children, advice to parents and a direct link to report any concerns you have.