Pupils at Didsbury CE Primary School

Safeguarding Team

Didsbury CE Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Our Designated Members of staff for safeguarding are:

Name Role
Victoria Rippon Head of School
Ruth Whittaker KS2 Lead and Year 6 Teacher
Emilie Smith SENDCo
Kathryn Thompson Co KS 1/EYFS lead and Nursery Teacher
Lisa Burns Kids Club
Sharon Nester Kids Club
Paul Good Nominated Governor

The specific duties of the child protection designated teachers include:

  • Liaison with other staff who have pastoral responsibilities with children.
  • Liaison with the Area Education Office, Social Services Department and other agencies concerning individual cases of actual or suspected child abuse.
  • Oversight of the planning of curricular provision concerning child protection.
  • Ensuring appropriate staff training and updating.

Our school policies have been designed to ensure that all adults at Didsbury CE are working together to safeguard and promote the well being of all our young people and adults in school.  Our policy describe the systems and arrangements in place to create and maintain a safe learning environment.  It identifies any actions which should be taken to address any welfare concerns about young people and adults in school.  Please take the time to read through our policy.

You can contact the members of our Safeguarding Team via the school office, or by calling 0161 445 7144 or emailing office@thrive-dce.com

Early Help Strategy

As part of our support for all children in school we have regular opportunities to consult with support services and health agencies through a multi-agency approach which sometimes includes completing the Early Help Form which supports families as well as pupils. Mrs Smith is our 'Early Help Co-ordinator' and is available through appointment. We are also allocated a school nurse who also works with our pupils on drugs education, sex and relationships and staying healthy.


The Prevent Duty came into effect from 1 July 2015 and as a public body we are subject to the duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of our functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

Didsbury CE Primary School  seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right / Neo Nazi / White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements.

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of vulnerable people, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism.  The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation.  Didsbury CE Primary School  is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern.  Prevention work and reductions of risks will include the RE curriculum, SEND policy, worship time policy, the use of school premises by external agencies, integration of pupils by gender and SEN, anti-bullying policy and other issues specific to the school’s profile, community and philosophy.

If you have a concern linked to Prevent it is helpful in the first instance to speak to the Safeguarding lead.

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