We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care seriously.

An agreed definition of safeguarding is: "All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies" – Joint Chief Inspectors’ Report, 2002.

Safeguarding at Twynham School

Please find here the details of our Safeguarding Arrangements. Paper copies of this leaflet are available from Reception.

Should you require this leaflet in any other language, please click here.

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.

Our Key Adults are:

  • Mrs Karen Dadds, Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Miss Fiona Coffin, Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs Mina Peroni, Student Services
  • Mrs Erin Clarke, School-based Social Worker


If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the Deputies:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Karen Dadds (Deputy Headteacher)

Deputy DSLs: Ms Fiona Coffin, Mr David Cook (Assistant Headteachers), Mrs Erin Clarke (School-based Social Worker), Mrs Kirsty Baril, Mrs Mina Peroni, Mr Daniel Hill and Mr Nicholas Weaver (Heads of Year)

Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Cath Swart

Please phone us on 01202 486237 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Karen Dadds, about a safeguarding matter. If she is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.

If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.

If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact Children’s Services direct on 01202 123334 or if out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 738256 or use the details at

For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.

Advice for Parents

We recommend the Family Information Service as an excellent starting point:

Volunteers and Visitors

All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding. As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.

We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff. Parents, governors and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.

Allegations against our staff

If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Headteacher, Mr Jy Taylor, on 01202 486237.

If you wish to contact one of our governors, please send your email to the Clerk at
If you still have an unresolved issue and are concerned about the welfare of a student then please contact the Chair of Trustees at

Safeguarding: Policies and Procedures

We have a Twynham Learning MAT-wide Child Protection policy, which creates a consistency of approach across our schools.

In addition, the following policies are relevant to Safeguarding.

Please click on the name of the policy to view it.

A useful website for more information around Safeguarding is Escape Line.