At Richard Alibon Primary School we are committed to keeping all children safe both in and out of school.

We ensure robust, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. Our safeguarding policy outlines our specific procedures and ways of working and our child protection policy demonstrates how we respond to children at immediate risk of significant harm. This combined policy can be found on the policies page on this site here.

We will discuss any child protection concerns we may have with parents/carers prior to contacting outside agencies, however, in situations where a child is suspected to be at increased risk of harm by doing so, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

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. As part of their job descriptions, all members of staff must respond to any child protection concerns they have and pass on this information quickly. These concerns will be swiftly managed by trained and experienced leaders. To do this, we work in partnership with social services.

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school is Sian Farrelly (Deputy Headteacher)
  • The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Ceri Hughes, Assistant Headteacher, and Jennifer Holttum, Assistant Headteacher.
  • The Designated Link Governor for safeguarding and child protection is David Botterill. He can be contacted via the school office.

If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact one of the designated leads above – although all staff will be able to support you.

If you have any concerns outside of school hours, or feel it more appropriate to make a referral to Social Services directly, please contact the Assessment Team
(Ground Floor, Roycraft House, 15 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HE) on 020 8227 3811.

In an emergency please contact the Police. Dial 999.