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Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern.  The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

Our school is a community and all those directly connected, staff members, governors, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure

Our Ethos

We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes our school values and the emotional, mental health and wellbeing of the individual child.

We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our school that will help children feel safe and respected.  We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and to feel confident that they will be listened to. We recognise the need to teach children the skills they need to stay safe and to ask for help if they need it.                 

We recognise that all adults within the school, including permanent and temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm.

We will work with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.

Designated Safeguarding Lead-Giovanni Franceschi


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Emotional & Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/frontdoorforfamilies to find out more and make an online referral for additional support.

For urgent concerns about a child, call 01273 290400 during normal office hours or Emergency Duty Service on 01273 335905 / 335906 out of hours.


School Mental Health First Aider-Mrs Sam Kaiser

Operation Encompass

Downs Junior is registered with operation emcompass to ensure that the school are made aware , by the police, of any domestic violence incidents.  This will enable us to support children, who are affected by domestic violence,  immediately.  Mr Giovanni Franceschi is our 'Operation Encompass Key Adult'.

Information on 'Operation Encompass' is in the below link.



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