Safeguarding Your Child

Safeguarding Information

Important information about Safeguarding at Cockburn is shown below
(click here to read the PDF of our Safeguarding Handbook)


Safety Advice and Information from the Metropolitan Police force SAFE website 
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  • Children and young people spend a large proportion of their lives in School. Cockburn is uniquely placed to play a central role in ensuring that pupils are protected from harm
  • The school’s primary responsibility is to facilitate learning and children are more likely to engage in the learning process and achieve their potential if they are safe and well
  • Children who feel supported, listened to and valued at home and in school will welcome the educational opportunities provided for them
  • Cockburn will cater for children of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and abilities

Our ability to safeguard will be evident on three levels;

Universal Safeguarding – this is our desire to keep all pupils safe by creating safe environments. This includes excellent site safety, safer recruitment of staff, strong school rules and codes of conduct and good safety awareness taught  across the curriculum.

Targeted Safeguarding – this is our desire to focus on groups of pupils whose personal, social or economic circumstances may result in an increased risk to their safety. For example looked after children, pupils with special educational needs, children subjected to racism etc

Responsive Safeguarding –this is our desire to respond quickly and appropriately to situations where students may or have suffered harm. This is our support through our strong child protection procedures.

Our aim and philosophy will be to be leading practitioners in

  • Child protection
  • Anti-bullying
  • Behaviour and attendance
  • Special educational needs
  • Physical contact
  • Intimate and nurture care
  • Looked after children
  • Staff recruitment
  • CPD
  • PSHCE / SEAL
  • Healthy Schools


Safeguarding for Parents:

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELFARE OF YOUR CHILD, OR A CHILD YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.

In School you can contact;

Our head teacher is:
Mr D Gurney

Our designated assistant head teacher  for child protection is:
Mr. J Stevens

All these members of staff can be contacted on the following;
Telephone : 0113 271 9962
E.Mail : info@cockburnschool.org

You can also ask for advice or report your concern to

  • Children’s Social Care – Tel : 0113 2224403
  • Out of Hours Duty Team – Tel : 0113 2409536
  • Police : 999 (if want to report a crime but not an emergency 0845 606060)
  • NSCPCC child protection helpline : 0808 800 5000

    What we will do if we have a concern about your child:
  1. If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of harm we must follow the procedures in our child protection policy. You can look at a copy in school or receive a copy to take home.
  2. In almost all circumstances we will speak to you about our concerns and we will inform you if we feel we must refer our concerns to children’s social care.
  3. Any child protection records on your child are kept separate to your child’s normal school file. You can ask to see what information is held and we will normally agree to this.

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