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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 fulful 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 - Tel: 01332 371876

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jayne Staves Lead Nursery Teacher - Tel: 01332 371876

Designated Safeguarding Governor:  Julie Jennens - Tel: 01332 371876

Please use either of the following email addresses to contact the school at any time, even during the holidays: or

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 (DSLs) as soon as possible.

If your concerns relate to a member of staff, then you should refer this to one of the DSLs 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 Persons 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:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’ (September 2018)
  • ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (July 2018)