Policy & Statement

At Comper Foundation Stage School we listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time in our school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help your child to achieve their full potential.  
Every family faces challenges. We can offer Early Help to families to ensure that you can receive support when you need it. Early Help means working with you and your family so that small problems don't become bigger. If you feel you and your family might need support to solve some problems, you can talk to your child's teacher, key worker or one of our senior team, Catherine King or Sarah Weaver.

On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent’s consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Headteacher or your child’s Teacher or Key person.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every child in our care, both inside and outside the school premises.
Our safeguarding policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Catherine King 
We also have other members of staff with full DSL training who will deputise for the safeguarding lead in their absence. These members of staff are:
Sarah Weaver (Co-Headteacher & Butterfly Room Teacher) 
Laura Chaplin (Caterpillar Room)
Alice Kiddell (School Business Manager)
You can contact any of the DSLs via the office email: office@comper.oxon.sch.uk. Please label your email 'SAFEGUARDING  - FAO: DSL'
 Comper define safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children as:
  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:
  • children’s and learners’ health and safety and well-being
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of children and learners with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care and emotional well-being
  • online safety and associated issues (please see our online safety policy)
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure children’s and learners’ security, taking into account the local context.
  • *The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues.

Oxfordshire safeguarding children board gives you useful information to help keep children safe


To report an Immediate Concern about a Child

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the front door to Children’s Social Care for all child protection and immediate safeguarding concerns. If there is an immediate safeguarding concern, for example:

  • Allegations/concerns that the child has been sexually/physically abused
  • Concerns that the child is suffering from severe neglect or other severe health risks
  • Concern that a child is living in or will be returned to a situation that may place him/her at immediate risk
  • The child is frightened to return home
  • The child has been abandoned or parent is absent

You should call the MASH immediately Tel: 0345 050 7666 (This number will take you through to Customer Services who will ask a series of questions and triage into MASH where safeguarding concerns are raised). You can also make a referral online at: Online Referral

Please read the leaflet below for more information for families that have been referred by the school to Social Services.

Please see our safeguarding policy below. This can also be viewed in the Comper School Office, please ask at Reception for a copy.

A bespoke helpline for children and young people who’ve experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. If you are concerned about something, you can contact the NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk