At Laxton Junior School, we believe everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in ensuring that the children’s welfare and safeguarding is a top priority. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we make sure that our approach to safeguarding, child protection and social, emotional and academic learning is a child-centred approach; this means that, at all times, we consider what is in the best interests of our children.

Our Designated Safeguarding Team, (consisting of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) alongside every member of our community, are in a privileged position to learn and work together to ensure that any child, staff member, parent, carer or family needing guidance, support, help or protection receive high quality and effective action as soon as this is identified.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility
Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE 2019.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined, in the latest DfE guidance, as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

To ensure success for all and to safeguard our children we:

  • Have a culture of listening
  • Create safe environments
  • Ensure adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk
  • Make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keepup-to-date with policy and practice
  • Teach children about staying safe
  • Maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem
  • Work in conjunction with the Oundle School Safeguarding Team and the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Child Protection

Child protection refers to the action undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. Our aim is to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.

To ensure our children are protected we:

  • Listen to children
  • Work in conjunction with the Oundle School Safeguarding Team
  • Work in conjunction with families to provide early help
  • Build a team around the family, bringing together a range of different professionals
  • Refer to the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership where appropriate
  • Work alongside other agencies, including (but not limited to) police, health care professionals, NSPCC, educational psychologists and local authority

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