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Safeguarding children is everybody's business!

We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, whether as a parent or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or as a paid or voluntary worker.

All members of the Grove community can help to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people if we are mindful of the children's needs and willing and able to act if we have concerns.

Definition of safeguarding

In its simplest terms 'safeguarding' can be defined as 'keeping children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury'. 

At Horsted School, we are committed to ensuring that;

  • Everybody working with children, young people and their families take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children's welfare are minimised and
  • When there are concerns about children and young people's welfare, we take all appropriate action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies.

Everyone has a responsibility to make sure that children within our school are safe, as 'Every Child Matters'

We at Horsted School take seriously our responsibilities in protecting the children. If you are worried about a child and would like to share your concerns please talk to:

Our Head of School: Mrs S Steer (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

or in her absence our
Deputy Head of School: Mrs L Packman (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Family Liaison Officer: Mrs. J Baldwin (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Executive Head Teacher: Mr S Geary (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

For more information on safeguarding procedures you can download “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” at