Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Mrs Bryony McCraw, Headteacher
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Michelle Morgan - Early Years Lead
If you have any concerns about a child’s safety or welfare please ask at the office to speak to one of our safeguarding leads.
Barton Park Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We actively listen to all pupils and always take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school and feel safe and secure in the environment. We work in partnership with all parents, carers and external agencies to help every child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the school community.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education“, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. All staff members in Barton Park Primary School receive Child Protection training and updates on a regular basis.
We have safeguarding procedures in place and a Safeguarding Policy in which we adhere to. You can refer to the Safeguarding Policy which is located on the website. Please go to, Our School Policy. The procedures in which we follow have been laid out by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Policy has been written in accordance to their guidelines. If you would like more information regarding our procedures, please contact the Head Teacher.
Occasions do arise where we have concerns regarding a child’s welfare. We will always aim to discuss our concerns with parents and carers first however on some occasions we may need to share information and work in partnership with Oxfordshire Children’s Services. On these occasions it may be necessary for Children’s Services (whilst investigating an incident under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989) to speak to a child without parents knowledge or permission. The decision to do this would be made in collaboration with Children’s Services and would only be in circumstances where a child may be at immediate risk of significant harm.
At Barton Park, to promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Criminal Records Bureau checks, as recommended by Oxfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
External Agencies who can offer more information and support about Safeguarding:
Oxfordshire County Council's Safeguarding Page offers advice for parents, professionals and children
OSCB - Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
This is a resource for keeping young people safe with information about what to do if you are worried about a child. The following link provides a wealth of information and support for parents and carers. http://www.oscb.org.uk/
Alternatively you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub directly (MASH)
MASH is a multi-agency team which identifies risks to vulnerable adults and children. They seek to enable the sharing of information so that risks to children can be identified at an early stage. It is a link between universal services such as schools and GPs and statutory services such as police and social care.
If you have a concern about a child, please call MASH on 0345 050 7666. You can use this number to get advice using the 'No Names' service or make a named referral. If you have an urgent concern for a child call 999 or 101.