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West Thornton Primary School


Designated Safeguarding Lead: 

Mrs Donna Callaghan

Deputy designated safeguarding leads: 


  Mr Jonathan Owen            Ms Alicia Williams                    Mrs Leah Hefetz


Mrs Lisa Gallagher                 Mr Sam Carroll                  Ms Recaina Liburd                      

You can call us with any concerns on 0208 684 3497 or email

At West Thornton Primary School we aim to make sure all our pupils stay safe in school, at home, in the community and online. We have a duty of care and the right to take reasonable actions to safeguard the welfare of all pupils. We are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.

If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to any form of abuse, then the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.

If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff at the top of this page.

Operation Encompass

We have signed up to be part of this Police strategy. It means that we will be informed if any child in the school has been present at an incident of Domestic Violence. This will enable us to support the child in school. Click here for further details.

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

FGM covers all procedures that intentionally alter/injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. All teachers have a mandatory responsibility to report any known case of FGM to the police.

If you believe a child is at risk or has been a victim of FGM then call 01452 426565 or use the NSPCC FGM helpline:

NSPCC FGM Helpline

Contact days and times: 24 hours

Tel: 0800 028 3550


Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC.

0800 1111

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities.

In practice it aims for police and other organisations to build relations across the UK and requires faith leaders, teachers, doctors and others to refer any suspicions about people to a local Prevent Body. An assessment is then made about whether further action is needed.

Please click here for a link to the official government document.

Safety Online

The Click CEOP button (pictured below) is an asset of the National Crime Agency CEOP command. The CEOP command works to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline. Click the button to report a concern.

For more information on staying safe online click here

Domestic Abuse

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

There are different kinds of abuse that can happen in different contexts. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships. But the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse.

If you recognise yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.

Useful Contacts:

Family Justice Centre - 020 8688 0100

For more information from Croydon Council, click here

For more information on Domestic Violence disclosure you can visit here