'I have the right to be safe and healthy' is one of our six Sparkly Rights and here at the Brook Infant School we see safeguarding as one of most important jobs.

All of our staff are trained each year using the DFE's Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, 'Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019'.  This includes information related to PREVENT anti radicalisation, Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Children Missing in Education and online safety.  We also use West Sussex's guidance on Safeguarding and Child Protection. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:

  • Mrs Cox - Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Couch - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Ungless -  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Sexton - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Bagley-Wood - Nursery Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Miss Tomlin - Safeguarding lead for Breakfast and After School Club
  • Miss Flowers - Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

If staff have a concern about a child attThe Brook Infant School, they refer immediately to our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy as listed below.  We also refer to the West Sussex Continuum of Needs diagram which is also attached for your information.  We can offer Early Help support for families when issues or concerns first surface so please do not hesitate to ask if this could support you.

Below are links to our other key safeguarding polices.  These can also be found under Parents - Statutory Information - Policies and Procedures.

You play an important part in helping to keep children safe.  If you have any concerns about a child at the Brook Infant School, then please speak to one of the DSL's as listed above.  If you and your family are going through a difficult period, and you feel that this might impact upon your child, then please speak to your child's class teacher or one of the DSL's as listed above.

For online safety, please see below and also in our policies and procedures section.  This also includes the use of mobile phones and camera's.

In light of the recent allegations involving sport coaches in the media, the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board and the NSPCC Child Protection Sports Unit have issued some guidance for  'Keeping Children Safe in Sport' on their website -

Other key staff:

Mrs Sexton - Early Help Superuser and Children Looked After Teacher.

Operation Encompass

We are part of a pilot project between schools and Sussex Police called Operation Encompass.  The project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow our school to better support our pupils and their families.

Please visit the Operation Encompass website for further information.