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At Orchid Vale, we strive to make sure all our children are safe in school, at home, on line and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.

Safeguarding is the action that people take to keep all children safe, for example:

  • Protect children from harm
  • Ensure that they are safe and well looked after
  • Take action so that all children are able to grow up in a safe environment.

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.

There are four types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect

Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. Orchid Vale has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Social Services of its concern.

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Reporting A Concern

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Helen Willcox. 

Any concerns you have in relation to the welfare of a child should be reported to Mrs Helen Willcox (SENDCO and Safeguarding Lead),  Mrs Helen Rao (Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Emma Ponting (Pastoral Lead) or Mrs Ruth Lee (Headteacher) at the earliest opportunity. 

If you have a concern outside of school hours, please contact Swindon MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub). They can be contacted on 01793 466903 (during normal office hours, 8.30am to 4.40pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.00pm Friday)The Emergency Duty Service is available on 01793 436699​​.

If you are concerned a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.

The welfare and safeguarding of our children is paramount in all we do at Orchid Vale Primary School.

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