The Safeguarding Team


'Nothing is more important than children’s welfare. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, and loving home. Children who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support. This requires individuals, agencies, and organisations to be clear about their own and each other’s roles and responsibilities, and how they work together.'

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2024


What is Safeguarding?

Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment

Preventing harm to children’s mental and physical health or development

Ensuring children are provided with safe and effective care

Taking action to enable all children to have the best possible outcomes

Safeguarding is about keeping children safe at all times. Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

BMPA Safeguarding Statement

At Barling Magna Primary Academy we feel that children have the right to develop emotionally, socially, physically, healthily and academically in a safe and caring environment. Our aim is to ensure all children come to school feeling happy and secure; and that they are encouraged to talk to someone if they are worried. 

Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. (Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE, 2023).

We have clear and consistent systems in place for reporting concerns. The Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Clarke, Head of School.

BMPA Staff and Safeguarding 

We ask that all staff provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of every child.  We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at our school.

In addition to our safeguarding procedures, we ensure your child’s safety by:

Visitor's Safeguarding Procedures

Our Safeguarding Leaflet is displayed in reception and available to all visitors to take. 

Reporting a Concern

There are a number of ways by which you can report a concern about a child in our school. You can:

The following options are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, if your concern needs a response outside of school working hours:

If your concern is specific to a child or young person please phone the Essex Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627 (Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-9am. Fri & Bank Holidays 4.30pm-9am) Out of hours: 0345 6061212 Email:

If you have shared a concern with someone listed above other than the school, please inform a member of the School Safeguarding Team as soon as possible, to ensure that the school is aware of any concerns regarding children that attend Barling Magna Primary Academy.

School Policies 

The following school policies can be found under the ‘Academy Documents’ tab. They all link to the safeguarding of children:

Should you require a copy of any of our policies, the school office will be happy to assist.