Safeguarding at Chesterton Primary

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms Helen Swindells (Head Teacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead is Miss K Jones

Administration Safeguarding is Mrs Heather Plant

Safeguarding Governor is Lorraine Bradshaw


Our priority at Chesterton Primary is to keep your child safe and healthy. Keeping your child safe means:
• Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks
• Protecting children from deliberate harm
• Being an anti-bullying school
• Being proactive against racist behaviour
• Being proactive against attempts to indoctrinate children in to any form of extreme ideology
• Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination
• A positive approach to behaviour management
• Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
• Providing first aid
• Protecting children from drug and substance abuse
• Children enjoying safe educational visits
• Caring for children’s personal needs
• Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.
• Making sure our school is secure and safe
• Being a ‘listening school’.
• Ensuring they know who to go in school if they have a problem

Our Partnerships

Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools, a school can only join if the local police force has already joined Operation Encompass. One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified. Every school appoints a trained Key Adult. A Key Adult is the person who receives information about police attended Domestic Abuse incidents.

Early Help is offered through the school if you have emerging needs. These needs can include anything that affects the health, development, wellbeing and safety of children and young people, for example:
• Families with significant housing needs.
• Families where a parent/carer is experiencing mental health difficulties.


A Glow referral can be made if your child has witnessed domestic abuse
If something in your relationship doesn’t feel right, we can help. No matter what you’re experiencing, if your partner is making you feel out of control or helpless it’s time to reach out. ‘Know the signs and find the glow.’

National 24-hour domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247


New Era offers help to all those affected by domestic abuse in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent, New Era provides free and confidential support for victims, perpetrators and their families. School can make a referral to support you.


Concrete will aim to support families at risk of losing their home.
‘No matter your background or what you’re going through, we believe housing is a right, not a privilege. If you’re without a home or at risk of losing your home, then this is the right place for you. We’re building concrete futures for the many without a voice, without a plan and without a home.’


Alice Charity helps families within Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme with the right things, at the right time, in the right way, when no one else can. We support families socially, emotionally and financially through the experience of safeness, kindness, warmth and compassion. A referral from school can be made so please ask:

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