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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Care for pupils

Portishead Primary School takes our duty of care extremely seriously and safeguarding is fundamental in our practice. 

Our duty to safeguard children covers a wide range of areas including child protection, e-safety, the prevent duty, behaviour, health & welfare, health & safety and attendance.

We work very hard to ensure that all children are safe from harm and feel cared for and respected. The school works with a wide range of agencies including social care, the NHS, North Somerset Safeguarding board and the Local Authority. 

The school has a legal and moral responsibility to pass any concerns about our stakeholders. At school we have a dedicated Pastoral team and lead staff and Governors with responsibility for safeguarding. Staff are regularly safeguarding trained and this covers the "Prevent" agenda. 


Tips for 3 to 7s

Tips for 7-11s

Tips for parents

Nut Allergies - We aim to be a Nut Free School.

An increasing number of our children are being diagnosed with nut allergies that can be incredibly severe and potentially life threatening. Whilst we can not guarantee to be nut free (in the same way that many food items are labelled -may contain nuts) , we ask that no nuts are knowingly brought in to school.  This is to ensure that all children are as safe as possible. We thank all parents for their support, consideration and understanding on this crucial issue. Please bear this in mind when selecting healthy snacks and packed lunches for your children.

Safeguarding Prevent Agenda - Educate Against Hate

Please find a link to a government website that supports schools, teachers and parents in pro-actively working with children to respect and tolerate the wide variety of beliefs we have in our society.

Whilst events related to religious extremism tends to dominate the news, extremism and hate crimes take many forms and come from all ends of the political and religious spectrum. The rise of far right extremism and hate crime in general, is sadly something we all need to be aware of as increasing on a local and national lebvel.

If you have any concerns please speak to  Mr Riordan.


Who are the school’s designated Child Protection / Safeguarding contacts

  • Richard Riordan - Headteacher Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
  • Lucy Sargent - Deputy Headteacher Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Claire Hardwidge - Inclusion Leader and Deputy Safeguarding Officer
  • Kim Jones - Safeguarding Governor
  • Ky Capel - E-safety
  • Helen Dawes—Chair of Governors

The Headteacher will always see anyone with a concern regarding the welfare of a child or family.

You may also choose to contact:

North Somerset Single Point of Access: 01275 888808

The Local Authority Designated Officer For Allegations (LADO): Tel - 01275 888211

Outside of school hours any concerns can be made to: The Social Care Duty Team -01454 615165 or Police -101

Advice to parents and Carers on keeping their children Safe from harm.

Please click here to access the latest comprehensive government advice to safeguard your children.

Please click here for the latest government guidance on keeping children safe online.

What do I do with any concerns I have regarding the protection of children, or concerns about inappropriate adult behaviour towards children?

Come to the school office and ask to speak to a member of the school safeguarding team.  Explain that it is a safeguarding matter.  (You will be seen straight away.)

Where do I find written information/policies regarding Safeguarding/Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children?

There are lots of policies and guidance (as listed below) relating to Safeguarding which can all be found on the Policies & Key Documents page.  Hard copies of policies and guidance are available upon request from the School Office.


  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • E-Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Whistleblowing