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St Margaret’s CE Primary is wholly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safeguarding is an essential part of the school’s holistic approach to providing a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.

We recognise that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in protecting children from harm. The child’s welfare is our paramount concern. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.

Ofsted Inspection 28th and 29th September

‘Leaders have embedded a culture where safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. As a result, pupils’ welfare and pastoral needs are met very well. 

Pupils feel safe in school. They know they can talk to an adult if they are worried about something. They know staff will help them.’

Safeguarding Role


School Role/Responsibility

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs A Gates

Wellbeing Lead

Deputy Safeguarding Leads

Mr M Jee


Ms M Dark

Deputy Head

Designated Safeguarding Link


Mrs D Ricks

Parent Governor


What you Can Do

Parents and carers also play a crucial role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you can speak to any of the above mentioned staff members.

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. You can also contact the West Sussex Social Care Team on 01403 229900 or 033 0222 6664 (out of hours).

In her role as Wellbeing Lead, Mrs Gates, is also available to support children with social and emotional needs.


Please see our Safeguarding Policy on our Policies page HERE