Child Protection and Safeguarding

Grampian Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Parents can feel confident that carefully thought out policies, procedures and practice are in place, underpinned by advice from the Derby Safeguarding Children Board and taking account of guidance issued by the DfE (Government Department for Education).  Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will ensure that concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such action would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Child Protection

The school’s Safeguarding Team is made up of the following senior leaders:

  • The school has two named designated leads for child protection and safeguarding is Mrs M Murfin (Headteacher) and Mrs L Hanser (Deputy Headteacher).
  • The deputy designated lead for child protection and safeguarding is the Mrs Spooner (SENDCo).
  • Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available in the policies section of the website.

Grampian has a dedicated safeguarding team of six members of staff to ensure that the children are kept as safe as possible.  Should you have any concerns about the welfare, health or safety of a child please contact one of the team.


Mrs M.Murfin

Mrs L.Hanser

Mrs J.Brooks

Mrs C.Spooner

Mrs D.Stevens

Safeguarding Team

  • Mrs M.Murfin (Headteacher)
  • Mrs L.Hanser (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Mrs C.Spooner (SENDCo)
  • Mrs J.Brooks (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Mrs D.Stevens (Safeguarding Officer).

All members of the Safeguarding Team are DSL trained in accordance to the Derby Safeguarding Children Board. The safeguarding team meet regularly to review any concerns.

All staff working within the school have receive mandatory child protection training delivered in line with the guidance from Derby Safeguarding Children Board. Those staff who work regularly with children and families and may be asked to contribute to child protection processes, including teachers, teaching assistants and the school admin team, have received additional child protection training in accordance to the Derby Safeguarding Children Board. All staff receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates through email and staff meetings as required.

Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. It is the duty of every member of staff to record and report any concern in accordance to the procedures outlined in the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Grampian Primary Academy believes that ‘Safeguarding’ covers any area of school life that may affect the safety, vulnerability or wellbeing of the children. In recognition of this, other policies relating to wider aspects of safeguarding are in place and may be requested at any time. Please contact the school office. (Anti-Bullying / Asthma / Attendance / Critical Incident Plan / Data Security / E-Safety/ First Aid and Illness / Health and Safety / Inclusion & SEN / Looked After Children / Managing Medicines in School / Physical Intervention / Equality).

Further information can be found on the Derby Safeguarding Children Board website:


Out of hours Emergency

If you have safeguarding concerns about a child out of school hours, including during  school holidays and weekends, you can phone Derby City Social Care directly on (01332) 641172

If you wish to contact a member of the safeguarding team out of school hours, you can email


SDAT - Stopping Domestic Abuse Together 


SDAT is an initiative led by Derbyshire Police in conjunction with Social Services, Health Services, schools and other agencies, who work together to safeguard children and adults.

Domestic Abuse can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Children and young people witnessing domestic abuse

Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing and scary and it causes serious harm to children. 

Children who witness domestic abuse can experience a wide range effects. They may:

  • Become anxious and depressed
  • Have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares
  • Be easily startled, flinch or react disproportionately to loud noises
  • Complain of physical symptoms such as tummy ache
  • Start wetting the bed
  • Have temper tantrums and display challenging behaviour at school
  • Behave younger than they are
  • Not want to go to school
  • Become aggressive towards others
  • Have poor self-worth
  • Self-harm
  • Have difficulty forming positive relationships

They may feel:

  • Guilty - because they think they have done something wrong
  • Powerless - because they can't stop the violence
  • Confused - because it doesn't make sense
  • Angry - because it shouldn't be happening
  • Sad - because it's a loss
  • Afraid - because they may be hurt, they may lose someone they love, others may find out
  • Alone - because they think it is only happening to them

What is SDAT?

SDAT is an early notification system to schools to quickly notify them of any incidents of domestic abuse where the Police have attended a household where children live.

This enables schools to understand changes in a child's behaviour, attitude or general presentation and to support children if needed.


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