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What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of their health or development, ensuring they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best possible future.

Whitecross Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and development of all children. We will always put their wellbeing first.  In order to fulfil this responsibility, we have a child-centred approach, considering the best interests of the children at all times. 

All staff at Whitecross attend regular safeguarding training. We work in line with policies and procedures that follow relevant new legislation or initiatives that maintain a focus upon the safety and wellbeing of all children.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be viewed on our website under ‘policies’ or a paper copy is available at the school.

 Safeguarding is everyone’s business. We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share our commitment.

Designated Safeguarding Leads at Whitecross

The Designated Safeguarding leads at Whitecross take overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection. They provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaise with other relevant agencies where required.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Claire FitzPatrick, Headteacher

Email: or tel: 01332 371876


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Verity Noblet, Lead Teacher

Email: or tel: 01332 371876


Designated Safeguarding Governor: Emma Nichols


Please use the following email address to contact school at any time regarding a safeguarding concern. Even during the holidays, one of the above staff members will always respond to you within twenty-four hours.

What to do if you have concerns about a child?

At Whitecross

If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused, please record your concerns and report them to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's) as soon as possible.

If your concerns relate to a member of staff, then you should refer this to one of the DSL's in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

Social Care

You may want to discuss your concerns with a Social Care worker. The First Contact Team deals with all concerns about children and young people across Derby city. Between 9-5pm, Monday to Friday, the number to call is 01332 64117. Outside of these hours, concerns can be discussed with Careline on 01332 786968.

You will be asked for your details, but you can choose not to share these.


If a child is at immediate risk, call 999 or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.


Links to:

  • WX Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, September 2023
  • ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’ (September 2023)
  • ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (July 2023)