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Woodvale Primary Academy


Woodvale Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is what we do for all children to keep them safe whilst in our care. Child protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those children who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed. 

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all staff in school are well-trained and know how to safeguard pupils effectively. Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointment to the school and when staff have concerns, they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place. 

Woodvale Primary Academy Safeguarding Team

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mr Matthew Reetz

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Deputy DSLs) - Mrs Laura Wright, Mrs Suzanne Nicholas, Mrs Jackie Line, Mrs Becky Clements

Sexual Abuse within Schools: Child on Child Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour:

Our position as a trust and within all our academies is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted and we remain    committed to working openly and transparently to promote mutual respect. We will always act on concerns raised

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of child-on-child abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on individual academy websites.

All pupils are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.

We are aware that a new version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published in December 2023. Although our policies refer to the older version which was current at the start of the academic year we do of course comply with all the requirements of the new document.

Links to Policies:

Trust Safeguarding Policy

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Link to Children Missing In Education .GOV website

Link to Children Missing In Education - Local Guidance

Link to Prevent Duty Guidance

External support is always available from:

· Childline on 0800 1111

· NSPCC on 0800 136663 or