Our Safeguarding Officers


Mrs Short                    

Mrs Short   Mrs Whitehead 

senco@abbeyheyprimary.org.uk   sue.whitehead@abbeyheyprimary.org.uk

Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect, getting the right support in place as early as possible and creating an environment in which children and young people feel safe and healthy.

Ensuring our children are safe is our key responsibility. We work as a team to develop children's awareness and understanding of being safe. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child in school or in the community, you can speak to Mrs Short or Mrs Whitehead in school or send them an email. If you would like to meet with either of our safeguarding officers, please visit the office to make an appointment.

At Abbey Hey we take the welfare of children in our care very seriously. Our staff and governors have been trained on safeguarding in line the the KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION document and have taken part in 'PREVENT'.

Please take time to look at our Safeguarding policy below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Short or Mrs Whitehead who will be able to provide you with support and advice.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Officer(s) using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible, as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset, persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


All lateness and absences are recorded by the School Administrative Assistant, Mrs Jane Bowcock. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continues, the school will refer to the Attendance Officer.

A child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly or are consistently late.  Safeguarding and child protection will be considered in all instances.

Safety on the Web

Over recent years, the use of technology in both school and the home has increased greatly. Whilst this has massive positive impacts on learning, there are risks associated with children using the internet more widely and for that reason we place great importance on the teaching of e-safety at school. Children are taught about e-safety in their Computing lessons from when they first start school and we develop their knowledge and understanding as they move further up the school. Whilst we do all that we can to ensure the safety of children on the internet, it's essential that parents continue this at home. We have a Parent's Zone for staying safe online with advice and information for what you can do at home as well as a Children's Zone with links to useful websites for children to develop their understanding of how to stay safe online. To visit either page, please click the link below.

If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety, please click the image below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:

Useful Links

E-Safety - Keeping Safe Online

ThinkUKnow - Specialist site for children aged 5 to 7 dealing with Internet and computer


Information about Child Friendly Search Engines can be found by clicking here.

Bullying UK 

ChildLine UK 

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Parentline Plus