Miss F Hickie

Headteacher and DSL

Mrs L Cotton

Deputy Headteacher and DSL

Mrs C Edgal

Inclusion manager and Deputy DSL

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility…

Safeguarding is our most important job here at Trafalgar Community Infant School. It is on our Core Values ship ‘We Keep Safe’. We work in partnership with families to ensure we maintain a strong culture of safeguarding children.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  •          Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  •          Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  •          Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  •          Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Who to contact if at school you have a safeguarding concern?

The Designated Safeguarding Lead in our school is:

Miss Fiona Hickie (Headteacher)


Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads in our school are:

Mrs Lizzie Cotton (Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs Claire Edgal (Inclusion Manager)


Lead Governor for Child Protection: Mr Keith Warbis (contact via school office: office@trafalgarinfant.com)

Chair of Governors: Mrs Sarah Brockhurst

(contact via school office: office@trafalgarinfant.com)


West Sussex Contact Details for Safeguarding Concerns

Integrated Front Door (IFD) (formally known as MASH Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) and EH (Early Help) Single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children


01403 229900

Out of hours – 0330 222 6664



West Sussex County Council LADO Contact Details: To report any concerns or allegations against staff, supply teachers or club leaders

The LADOs for West Sussex are Miriam Williams and Donna Tomlinson.
0330 222 6450 (Available 09.00 – 17.00)
LADO Service Contact Number: (Available through the MASH) 01403 229900
LADO Service email address: LADO@WestSussex.gov.uk



Our key Safeguarding policies are also available to view below.

You play an important part in helping to keep children safe. If you have any concerns about a child that you know in our school then please speak to Miss Hickie (our Designated Safeguarding Lead) or our Deputy Safeguarding Leads Mrs Edgal and Mrs Cotton.



Our Safeguarding Culture at Trafalgar Community Infant School

All of our staff are trained each year using the DfE’s Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2023’. This includes information related to different aspects of safeguarding including PREVENT anti radicalisation, Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Young Carers, Children Missing in Education, and online safety. We have one nominated governor who ensure that our school is doing all they can to keep children as safe as possible – Mr K Warbis.

Below is a summary of how we ensure we have a strong culture of safeguarding at our school:

Leadership and Governance

  •          DSLs have attended relevant training
  •          All Governors receive safeguarding training
  •          The termly Headteacher’s report contains a safeguarding section
  •          Regular Safeguarding audits
  •          Clear lines of accountability
  •          Half termly monitoring/review of CPOMS
  •          Culture of openness and support


  •          Relevant Safeguarding policies
  •          Conversations between DSLs to discuss children/concerns
  •          Assemblies – key messages, keeping safe
  •          Class lessons, circle times, PSHE/RSE curriculum
  •          School Council
  •          ELSA support for some children
  •          Parent support using our family link worker
  •          Pupil questionnaires
  •          Clear protocols for information sharing
  •          Weekly DSL meetings


  •          Annual safeguarding training for all staff
  •          Additional termly refreshers on focused areas
  •          Safeguarding training as part of induction
  •          CPOMS training delivered at induction
  •          Staff know how to identify children who are at risk of harm
  •          Staff know how to contact IFD (MASH) in absence of DSLs
  •          DSL attends relevant training/network meetings
  •          Staff have read, signed and are confident with safeguarding policies

Safeguarding Systems

  •          Inclusive practice for staff, parents, children
  •          DBS checks for all staff and volunteers
  •          Safeguarding policy and children’s version
  •          Safeguarding checks for lettings and club leaders
  •          CPOMS for record keeping
  •          DSL weekly meetings
  •          Staff sign to say they have read relevant policies and documents
  •          Regular safeguarding audits
  •          Sign in/out system for staff and volunteers
  •          Safeguarding training log
  •          Systems in place for absent pupils


If you are going through a difficult period in your own family, and you feel that this might impact on your child, then please see your child’s class teacher, or speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

For online safety, please see the ‘Online Safety’ section in the ‘Parents/Carers’ area of our school website. We also have an online safety information sheet for ‘Parents/Carers’ in ‘Useful Forms and Information’. 

We also provide online safety briefings for staff, governors and parents / carers each year. These will be advertised in the weekly newsletter.

West Sussex provide support and guidance for families feeling overwhelmed with their young baby. This is called 'Icon - Babies cry, you can cope'. For more information please see the link below, or speak to Miss Hickie (Headteachers and DSL)
Calling all dad...the NHS has a great free app called DadPad which provides knowledge and practical skills for new dads. This includes information on first aid, safer sleep and feeding your baby. More information can be found at www.westsussexscp.org.uk/dadpad
Your Mind Matters is a county council led campaign which aims to ensure people know where to get help with their emotional well-being and mental health. Please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/your-mind-matters/
More information about mental health and well-being can also be found in our mental health and well-being section of our school website.
The NSPCC has produced some important guidance for parents/carers around keeping children safe in sport, which we would encourage you to read.  

In light of past allegations involving sports coaches in the media, The West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board and the NSPCC Child Protection Sports Unit have issued some guidance for 'Keeping children safe in sport' on their website (see links). http://www.westsussexscb.org.uk/2016/12/keeping-children-safe-in-sport/