Ferndale Primary and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment, free from discrimination or bullying, promoting the physical, moral and social development of the individual child, where children can learn and develop happily. 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first. However, there may be a rare occasion when our concerns about your child may mean we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you.  The procedures which we follow are laid down by the Local Children Safeguarding Board and we have a number of policies and procedures in place, that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.

Any action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Updated January 2021) Click here to read this document 
South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (Updated December 2020) Click here to read this document. 
Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board guidance. A link to the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership website can be found here
The Prevent duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (Last updated April 2021) Click here to read this document

Swindon Borough Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Telephone: 01793 466903 Email: swindonMASH@swindon.gov.uk

We are working with Sarah Turner Consulting Safeguarding Solutions. Sarah will be providing the team with independent information, advice and guidance along with the support of our statutory agencies.

Our Whistleblowing policy can be found within the document and policies area of the website.