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Primary Academy


Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. 

At Seathorne Primary Academy, we will provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are committed to Safeguarding and actively encourage a strong culture of vigilance in this area.

The academy is alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection. Click here to access the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership (LSCP) website.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care.  This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

The site specific document attached below sets out the arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Seathorne Primary Academy and should be read alongside the GAT Safeguarding Policy.


It is important to see safeguarding as the “umbrella” term for everything that is done to support children and young people, to keep them safe and promote their welfare. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ defines safeguarding as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of a child’s health and development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care: and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

The welfare of the child is paramount (Children Act 1989/2004)

  • All children irrespective of their age, cultural background, disability, gender, language, racial origins, religious beliefs, sexual orientation have the right to be protected from abuse

Teaching our pupils about safeguarding

Seathorne Primary Academy promotes a culture where children feel confident to speak out if they have a concern about their own or another child’s safety. All children are either provided with a named- key-worker (e.g in EYFS) or are able to choose Listening Ears, trusted adults that work in school who they feel they are able to talk to. Children can ask to speak with their Listening Ears, or sometimes Listening Ears will arrange a regular meeting time for such conversations to take place.

Seathorne Primary Academy has designed a curriculum which uses a contextualised safeguarding review as its starting point. Staff plan specific teaching and learning opportunities that support the children and the contextual needs that may impact on such children living and growing up on the East Coast of Lincolnshire through a Values-based approach. Provision is mapped using curriculum progression routes from 1Decision, a Kitemarked assured programme for primary schools which supports statutory PSHE, and RSE for KS1 and KS2.

Provision is enhanced by accessing external agency support such as Childline or the NSPCC Learning Talk PANTS resources, LCC’s Max Respect workshops and Bikeability training. Staff are also provided with CPD in order to deliver age-appropriate sessions regarding sun, sea and water safety; online safety and consent.

Click here to access the NSPCC website

Click here to access Childline

Academy based contacts



Mr. Matthew Wood


Mr. Matthew Wood

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Lauren Garrill (Assistant Principal)

Mrs. Debbi Croxford (Family Welfare Officer)

Mr. Peter Baker (Senior Teacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr. Peter Baker

Online Safety Lead

Mr. Matthew Wood

Prevent Duty Lead

Mrs. Debbi Croxford/Mr. Matthew Wood

Mental Health / Wellbeing Lead

Mrs. Debbi Croxford/Mr. Matthew Wood

Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

Mrs. Debbi Croxford/Mr. Matthew Wood

Designated Teacher for Previously Looked After Children

Mrs. Beverley Davies

Inclusion and Attendance Officer

Mrs. Beverley Davies

Mr. Richard Dennis

Mr. Peter Baker

Miss Gemma Miller

Mrs. Michelle Smith

PRICE Trained Staff

All of the above can be contacted via the Academy office on 01754 764689


GAT Statement for Sexual Abuse within Schools: Child on Child Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour:

Our position as a trust and within all our academies is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted and we remain    committed to working openly and transparently to promote mutual respect. We will always act on concerns raised

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of child-on-child abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on individual academy websites.

All pupils are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.


Please see the attached documents and links below for further information.

Prevent Duty Guidance

Lincolnshire Policy for Children Missing in Education

Statutory Guidance for LAs and other groups for supporting Children who are Missing in Education

Working Together to Safeguard Children - UPDATE
We are aware that a new version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published in December 2023. Although our policies refer to the older version which was current at the start of the academic year we do of course comply with all the requirements of the new document.