Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gemma Coward

Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Miss Elizabeth Fox

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Tammy Court

Deputy Designated ​Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jenny Coram

Deputy Designated ​Safeguarding Lead

Miss Bev Davis​

A duty is placed on the school and governing body to protect and promote the welfare of children. At St. Bartholomew’s C of E Primary  School we are committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of the children within our community by following the guidelines offered by the Somerset Safeguarding Partnership. When necessary we work in partnership with other agencies such as Social Care and Health, the local Health Authority, Parent and Family Support and the Police to keep children in our care safe.

If there is any cause for concern over the wellbeing of a child within our school community, all staff, pupils, volunteers and parents should be aware of who to contact within the school staff.

The designated person for Safeguarding and Child Protection issues within St. Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School is the Headteacher, Mrs Gemma Coward. In case of her absence or unavailability, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Jenny Coram, Mrs Tammy Court and Miss Bev Davis. The school governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Miss Elizabeth Fox.

All staff have undertaken basic safeguarding awareness training and have been alerted to the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in children. Staff are also aware of the PREVENT duty to reduce the risk of extremist behaviour and radicalisation. If a child discloses any concerning information to an adult working in our school, the adult is asked not to question the child or comment on the disclosure. A designated child protection person is informed as soon as possible and a factual record of the disclosure is made. All concerns which are brought to our attention are recorded confidentially as recommended by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.

Disclosures made which compromise the safety of an individual cannot be kept a secret. Somerset Direct (Children’s Social Care) can be contacted directly on 0300 123 2224.

As a school we work with our families offering help and support. We offer Early Help and Early Help Assessment. We also offer support from our Parent and Family Support Advisors. We work in partnership with a wide range of other services to support our families.

Safeguarding Documents

Safeguarding Links

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Prevent Referral Guide

SIDAS – Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service

The Lord’s Larder Food Bank – Chard

The Lord’s Larder Food Bank – Yeovil



Other helpful contacts:

Childrens Social Care: 0300 123 2224
Local Authority Designated Officers: Anthony Goble and Stacey Davis 0300 123 2224

Early Help Hub: 01823 355803

Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000