Safeguarding Statement – The Bridges Federation aim to work in close partnership with parents to support the children in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all schools to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the school, or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we are required to refer such matters to the appropriate Children’s Services, in line with Government and Norfolk County Council policy.
The Bridges Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Consequently all adults working in school are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Enhanced Police Check.
It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Headteacher’s to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.
This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Headteacher’s risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteacher’s to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.” You can discuss concerns about your child with your child’s class teacher but if you have concerns about another child you can contact the following designated staff in our schools:
Contact details Senior Designated Professional
Mrs Alison Hughes
Magdalen Village School 01553 810326, St Germans Primary School 01553 617246, Wimbotsham & Stow Community School 01366 382336
Miss Louise Arrowsmith Magdalen Village School or 01366 382336, Wimbotsham & Stow Community School
Miss Susannah Hayes 01553 617246 St Germans Primary School
Mrs Toni Clarkstone, Magdalen Village School 01553 810326, St Germans Primary School 01553 617246, Wimbotsham & Stow Community School 01366 382336
Executive Headteacher Mrs Alison Hughes (Contact as above)
Named Safeguarding Governor Mrs Robyn Press Chair of Governors
Useful Links Children and parents may also find it useful to look at these sources of information related to E Safety:
Useful link on child abuse:
Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download here: