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Our Safeguarding Team

The Oaks Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent and highly effective safeguarding procedures are in place to ensure the safety of and support families, children and staff within our school community.

All staff and members of the school community have a role to play to keep our children safe. The list below defines those with specific responsibilities for safeguarding:

  • Lead Designated Safeguarding Lead - Catherine Hurst, Executive Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (including Online Safety) - Jenny Wynn, Head of School
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Karen O'Connor
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Karen Arnold
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Elaine Shaw
  • Safeguarding Governor - Julia Youens
  • Family Support and Wellbeing Assistant - Zoe Deubel
  • The Academy's Attendance Manager - Amanda Adcock


The Oaks Infant School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with Child Protection and safeguarding matters together with recording and monitoring processes.

To promote a safe environment for children, our selection and recruitment process includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.  New Staff and Volunteers are also required to complete a thorough and rigorous induction with one of the Safeguarding Team on their first day and throughout a programme over 4-6 weeks.

All staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates, including a full annual training session at the beginning of each academic year.  All statutory training is undertaken including ensuring all staff have read and understood the relevant sections of Keeping Children Safe in Education as a minimum. There is a comprehensive package of online training available for all staff, some of which is completed annually. This training is monitored and comprehensive records are kept.

All concerns are reported to Designated Safeguarding Leads in school and we pride ourselves on our vigilant and professionally curious nature. The safeguarding of children is paramount.

Attendance is monitored closely and concerns are dealt with promptly. We believe in having excellent relationships with the families of our children and endeavour to use these relationships to ensure the best possible outcomes with pupils, including good school attendance. We work effectively with other agencies and parent/carers in order to best safeguard children.