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At our school, we take the safeguarding of our pupils very seriously. We are proud that our children say that they feel happy and safe in our school and that they know they can speak up if they have any worries.

The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Julie Boyes (Headteacher) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Anna Malone (Pastoral Lead/HLTA) and Mrs Lyndsey Westron  (Senior Teacher).

Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is Anne Tunicliffe (Chair of Governors).

We work closely with Cheshire West and Chester's Safeguarding Team to ensure that safeguarding expectations are met. We use their continuum of need model to assess the safeguarding needs of our children. Staff are trained in understanding where children may be at risk, the signs to look out for and how to report concerns.

We have key policies to help keep our pupils safe when in school and we welcome parents to read and comment on these documents. Each term, the Headteacher meets with the Safeguarding Link LAB member and the Health and Safety Link LAB member to monitor that everything is in place to ensure the safety of our whole school community.


We understand that children can be impacted by adult behaviours at home, including domestic violence. In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Dodleston C of E Primary School is part of an initiative called Operation Encompass.  The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared.  Operation Encompass aims to enusre that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

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