At Sidbury CE Primary School take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.

It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Leads within school. These staff are Miss Charlotte Hill (Headteacher), Mrs Clare Bedford (SENDCO) and Mrs Jenny Dinham-Price (HLTA).  Miss Charlotte Hill (Headteacher) and Mrs Vivienne Bornet (School Administrator) are also Safer Recruitment Trained.

We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Headteacher   In our school, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Headteacher, then these should be shared with the Executive Headteacher, Mrs Claire Baille.  The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.

We also follow Devon’s Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance.  We have very clear systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our Designated Safeguarding Leads, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or the Mutli-Agency Safeguarding Hub, should the need arise.

By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all of our children.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding this matter, please speak to any member of staff who will be able to support you.  If you would prefer to speak to somebody out side of school please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 155 1071.  Thank you in advance for your support with this very important matter.

Our Safeguarding Policies can be found on the Key Information Tab.

Internet Safety

The internet is utilised during school hours and at home therefore it is essential that everybody understands how to use it safely.  We cover internet safety during curriculum lessons and through PSHE, Year 5 and 6 children also have a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, who come into school to discuss these issues with children as well.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.


Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Staying Safe – South West Grid for Learning
Internet Watch Foundation

The Underwear Rule

We recently run a parent workshop with our school nurse, Anita White, where we share The Underwear Rule established by the NSPCC to support children to understand the important message that their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. PANTS is an acronym to help the children and to facilitate conversations between adults and children regarding this sensitive matter:

P – Privates are private

A – Always remember your body belongs to you

N – No means No

T – Talk about secrets that upset you

S – Speak up, someone can help.

Please read the parent and child’s leaflets below:

The Underwear Rule – Parents Guide

The Underwear Rule – Information for Children

The Pantosaurus video is a good starting point to discuss this matter at home.  We also recommend the book, I said No by Zack and Kimberly King, and My Underpants Rule by Kate and Rod Power, as well as associated YouTube clips.