‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’

Keeping Children Safe in Education

At Gusford, keeping children safe is at the forefront of everything we do. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.

All school staff are trained in safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of abuse and are required to report these to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) without delay.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Assistant DSL

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Assistant DSLs can be contacted via dslteam@gusfordprimary.net or by telephoning the school office on 01473 682148.

  • Carmen Hopkins - Deputy Headteacher (Lead DSL)
  • Stephen Tapley - Headteacher (DSL)
  • Isobel Garner- Deputy Headteacher
  • Pippa Coleman - SENDCo
  • Marie Hockley- Parent Liaison Officer


Mrs Hopkins is the designated teacher for Looked After Children and is the Online Safety Lead.


The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP). The SSP is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Suffolk. If you want to know more about this procedure, please click on the link below.

Suffolk Safeguarding 

Important Telephone Numbers:

NSPCC Whistleblowing Hotline - 0800 0280285

Children’s services – 0808 800 4005

Suffolk Police – 01473 613500

EMERGENCY – 999 or 112


Important Policies:

2023-24 Gusford School Policy for Safeguarding and Children Protection

Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board – Concerned about a child’s welfare? Seeking advice?

Keeping Children Safe In Education

2023-24 Statement on Peer on Peer Abuse 



Prevent Strategy

As part of Gusford Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from teaching approaches to help build resilience to extremism.

The Prevent strategy is a Government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health).

At Gusford Primary School we ensure that we teach the children about the Prevent aims. This is done through quality circle time and PSHE activities. In each year group we teach our children to be safe and to recognise the possible dangers they may face. Teachers make sure that this is done in a sensitive and age appropriate way.

Our designated Prevent Strategy lead is: Mrs Hopkins. All staff have been trained to recognise signs of extremism.

Here is a useful website for you to look at to guide your understanding and learning of the systems we use to protect children against radicalisation and extremism.


Please also click here for a link to the official government document. Here you can find out about Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation.