Safeguarding Click on the image to find out how report concerns Safeguarding and Child Protection Vernham Dean Gillum’s Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children and expects all staff, Governors and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. The school follows procedures set out by Hampshire Education, and the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board alongside taking guidance from the Department of Education. Safeguarding Team Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Cheryl Hawkings Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Caron Hitchen Safeguarding Governor: Paul Nicoll Cause for Concern Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils at all times. However there may be occasions when the school has reasons to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by Hampshire County Council Children’s Services and inform them of the concern. If you are worried about a child’s safety please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hawkings or Mrs Hitchen straight away on 01264 737241. To view our safeguarding and child protection policies, please click here.