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Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility


Our school has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are our pupils.  This means that we have Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures in place.  All staff, including our volunteers and supply staff, must ensure that they are aware of our procedures.

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 always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests or a child is at significant risk or in immediate danger.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs C Nelson


In her absence, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr M Briant, Mr A Robinson, Mrs D Gaywood & Mrs H Sennett. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding administrator is Mrs C Jones

If you have any safeguarding concerns related to School, please contact the safeguarding team at


If you have a safeguarding concern about the Headteacher, please contact either (Co-chair of Governors) at:



Safeguarding: Keeping children safe information


If you have concerns about any child, you can contact Children’s Services Social Care direct on:

        01803 208100 or out of hours: 0300 456 4876

Sherwell Valley Primary School is part of Operation Encompass which is a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and all police forces. For information, please refer to the poster below.

Operation Encompass

Clever Never Goes

It is really important to remind children how they can keep themselves safe, especially with regards to not going off with strangers, but how do you have those conversations without scaring your child?


There is a new message being delivered to children in school called 'Clever Never Goes'.

It teaches children that they must never go anywhere with anyone, a stranger or a familiar face, unless plans have been made beforehand. It tells them that following the rules makes them clever, gives them the confidence to trust their instincts and teaches them how to react to unsafe situations. Please can you also give this message to them at home too.


You can give your child some scenarios of what this may look like, for example;


- If a man you don't know pulled up alongside you in a car and asked you to get in, so he could take you home, would you go? (No, because 'clever never goes').


- If you were in the park and one of your friends' older sister's asked you to go to their house to play on the Xbox, would you go?  (No, because 'clever never goes').


- If you were walking home from school alone and the lady who lives nearby asked if you would like to go to the shop to get some sweets with her, would you go?  (No, because 'clever never goes')


Also explain to the child the importance of telling a trusted adult about the situation as soon as possible, so they can keep them safe. 


For more information, please click on the link for the leaflet below:

For more information about our Policies and procedures, including large print versions of some documents, please click on the links below:

Paper copies of all documents on this website are available upon request by contacting the School office: