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Safeguarding Provision Statement


Weare Academy First School recognises that the safety and welfare of children is paramount and that we have a responsibility to protect children in all the academy's activities. We take all reasonable steps to ensure, through appropriate procedures and training, that all children, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, are protected from abuse.


We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, children, parents and visitors. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. Please do not hesitate, if you have any concerns or queries, to contact the academy immediately and you will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you.


Weare Academy First School Designated Safeguarding Leads


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the whole school is Miss Denise Mawdsley, Headteacher- contact via Weare Academy First School email: and the main school office 01934 732270.

Sara Packer (Assistant Headteacher) is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) for the whole school- contact contact via Weare Academy First School email: and the main school office 01934 732270. 

The DSL for Rainbow Woods Pre-school, Weare Academy First School is Denise Mawdsley and the DDSL is Lana Whittaker and Baishali Chatterjee - contact via Weare Academy First School email and the main school office.

The Safeguarding Governor is Mr Matt O'Connor- contact through Weare Academy First School email and the main school office 01934 732270

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We share information about concerns with agencies who need to know; and involving parents and children appropriately.


Further information can be found from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

For allegations against staff - Link to the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) for Child Protection report form:


Contact details are available on our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy.

Services available and useful contacts and resources