Hi, my name is Alex Curran and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead at North Mead Primary Academy.

My role is to ensure the welfare and safety of all children who attend North Mead Primary Academy. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Through regular training, all staff are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to safeguard pupils from all forms of abuse.

Sometimes, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other professionals when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that concerns about our pupils 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. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversations, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our academy, please talk to myself or one of my Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads immediately:  (Ben Burpitt, Jill Hurst, James Wharin, Kirsten Holland, Verity Reid, Sheena Adatia and Roshni Pattni.)

Below are some links to some useful websites if you need further information regarding safeguarding:

If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child at North Mead Primary Academy outside of school hours, please call Social Care on 0116 4541004 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Concerns can also be sent to school via our email address [email protected]  This email will be sent to all safeguarding leads at the school and will be monitored throughout the year.

We have some e-safety information available for parents on our ESafety  page on the website. Please be sure to visit this link if you would like some information or guidance on keeping your child safe online.

In the event of school being closed to most children, we have created an addendum to the North Mead Primary Academy’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy, containing details of our individual safeguarding arrangements during such a time.  Please click the link below.

TMET COVID19 – School safeguarding policy addendum 290320 NMPA

TMET Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines 2020 v11 nmpa