The Pines Primary and Pine Cones Pre-school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding among our staff and volunteers.

We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to:

  • Feel safe
  • Feel happy
  • Feel able to learn

This is best achieved when the school community works together.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

The designated safeguarding lead for The Pines Primary and Pine Cones Pre-school is Kerry Darby (Headteacher)

The alternate safeguarding leads for The Pines Primary and Pine Cones Pre-school Primary School are Louise Scott (Deputy Headteacher) and Steph Lawrence (Pre-school Manager)

The nominated governor for safeguarding is: Rachael Cox

Key Information

All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies.  All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping Children Safe In Education

It should be read alongside statutory guidance and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.

Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action.  Further information can be found below:

Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent.  You can read further advice, here.

All adults at The Pines Primary and Pine Cones Pre-school are made aware of the school’s whistleblowing policy. This outlines the procedures for those wishing to raise concerns about how the school has handled a child protection concern.

Urgent Contact Details

If you need to urgently contact the headteacher out of term time to discuss a safeguarding concern, please make contact:

Alternatively, the Customer First (Social Services) Helpline is 0800 8004005 or webchat is available at

More details of our safeguarding procedures can be found in our Policies page (reviewed on an annual basis).

Early Help

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is – it can also be one of the most unpredictable and hardest. At The Pines Primary and Pine Cones Pre-school we want to support parents when things are difficult. Our Early help offer is an approach, not a service, with universal and targeted strategies. Please read the full Early Help Offer on the attached document for more information.

Online Safety

As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help your child stay safe online. You don’t need to understand the technology, you just need to help your child understand the risks.

If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:

What can I do as a parent to help my child stay safe online?

Start young – talk to your child as early as possible. Research shows children in primary school are already experiencing cyberbullying or involved in inappropriate online gaming.

Talk about it– make sure your child knows they can talk to you about anything they see on the internet, or if contact with someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.

Attend an online safety session in school – get involved with the online safety education on offer.

Report it! – use the report abuse buttons on social networks to report cyberbullying or inappropriate material/images. Make sure your child knows how to use them too.

Use parental controls – these let you block certain sites or content so your child can’t access it. Look out for gadgets with child-friendly software or ‘kids-mode’ apps and contact your internet provider to find out how they can help.

These links provide child friendly animations/videos to support staying safe online:

Age 4 -7

Age 8-10

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