Keeping Children Safe


Ashton Keynes C of E Primary takes safeguarding very seriously and has an extensive range of strategies for keeping children safe. These strategies extend to all who work in or with our school.

The Senior Designated Officers for safeguarding are: 

Safeguarding & Child Protection Leader Mrs Samantha Saville Head Teacher

Mrs Samantha Saville

Safeguarding & Child Protection Deputy’s

E-safety lead Miss Sarah Igoe Class Teacher

Safeguarding is checked robustly by governors who understand the prominence this must play in the work of the school. As a result, the leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose, records are detailed and of high quality and staff know what to do in any instance to protect pupils from harm. OFSTED July 2017

The Headteacher, Deputy Head, Chair of Governors and Vice Chair have completed training in safer recruitment and implement rigorous recruitment processes for all posts connected to the school. Kim Olden is PA the the Designated Safeguarding (Samantha Saville) Lead and ensures we maintain a thorough and up to date single central record of DBS checks and ensures references are vetted and checked for safer recruitment.

Together with other leaders, staff and governors, you are fastidious in protecting pupils and raising the profile of safeguarding through the school’s work. You take every opportunity to remind staff about safeguarding alerts and updates. Effective training and induction is in place so that all staff, governors and volunteers maintain the highest levels of vigilance and awareness. OFSTED July 2017

Use the links at the bottom of this page to find out more about how to report abuse, online safety, radicalisation, well being, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation and to find our list of safeguarding links and downloads.

Ashton Keynes C 0f E Primary School  has an on going and continuing commitment to safeguarding which includes:

  • A written Child Protection Policy and AK Staff Behaviour  which have been agreed with the governing body.
  • A written Whistleblowing Policy
  • A written Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy
  • This additional document contains further information alongside our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy should there be school closure due to Covid-19 Schools website information; in addition to the Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
  • Five identified senior designated officers (as shown above)
  • A nominated governor to champion child protection issues. (as shown above)
  • Training at the appropriate level for all staff and volunteers and this is updated at least annually by all staff and Governors through our excellent safeguarding training suite so that everyone has access to the very latest updates and training to protect the safety of our children.
  • Robust staff recruitment and selection processes which safeguard children.

MASH – The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a partnership between Wiltshire County Council, children’s social care, education and youth services, Wiltshire NHS health services, Wiltshire Police and the probation service working together to safeguard children and young people. A factsheet can be downloaded from the links and downloads section of this page. We work closely with the MASH team.

Remember – if you are concerned about a child or young person in Wiltshire and want to speak to someone, contact the MASH on 0300 4560108 (8:45a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Thurs) and (8:45a.m.-4p.m.) Friday. Emergency Duty Service 0845 6070888 (5p.m. – 8:45a.m.)and give as much information as you can.

Keeping Children Safe in Education updated, September 2021

September 2021, the Department for Education published a revised Keeping Children Safe in Education follow link to view – KCSIE 2021 September

Safeguarding Procedures for Visiting Ashton Keynes CE Primary School

Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying


The changes in the revised statutory guidance relate to:

  • Children missing from education
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Prevent

The importance of the Prevent strategy

Prevent Terrorism & Radicalisation Leaflet

Prevent relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 1 July 2015.
Since 1 July 2015 there has been a duty on schools to have ‘due regard to the need to Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is called the Prevent duty.

At Ashton Keynes C of E Primary all our staff and Governors have completed whole school Prevent training and understand the importance of the Prevent strategy.

All our staff understand the duty they have to ensure British values are embedded into our curriculum and pastoral care to support healthy discussion and debate and to promote tolerance.

All our staff understand that any concerns re potential radicalisation and or extremism should be treated as a safeguarding issue and reported to our safeguarding team.

Our safeguarding team understand the Prevent Strategy and how to make a referral.