Keeping children safe is our number one priority. We ensure that the safety and well-being of every child is at the centre of every decision we make. Churchward staff have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe learning environment for all our young people. We have a responsibility to identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them in partnership with other organisations.

All staff at Churchward are aware and kept up to date with the South West child protection procedures.

Child Protection staff training is mandatory for everyone.

Promoting safeguarding and child protection is fundamental at Churchward and students are given numerous opportunities to consider risk situations and explore strategies for keeping safe.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of children, please speak to the staff members listed below by phoning the school office on 01793 209198.

Dave Dearsley Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Claire Owens Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Brendan Palmer Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Karen Hillier Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Julie Wheeler Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Claire Hatherall Admin/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Noel Gibb Group Safeguarding Lead for Brunel Academies Trust

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

COVID- 19 annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Acceptable Behaviour Policy

Important Information

Keeping Children Safe in Education -  September 2021

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part One) – September 2021

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Guidance for Safer Working Practice

Department for Education – Working Together to Safeguard Children Information Page

Regulated Activity in Relation to Children

Brunel Whistleblowing Policy

Remote Communication with Families Risk Assessment

Churchward School is part of the Brunel Safeguarding Champions Group

Working with Sarah Turner Consulting to externally audit the safeguarding procedures of Churchward School and providing external support.

Please follow the links to find out more:

Additional Support and Services Letter for Parents and Carers

NHS helpline – call 111 for all health concerns including advice on COVID- 19.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – (01793) 466903 or you can email  if you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a young person.

Swindon Food Bank – 07932 108732

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership (formerly the LSCB)

Childline –
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

0800 1111

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