At Marden Primary Academy, our pupils’ safety and wellbeing at school, at home and online is our priority. We uphold high standards of safeguarding for our students, staff and community.

Our Safeguarding Team

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Hannah Penning
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) and SENCO: Nicola Bryant
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Georgina Rawling and Vikki Holness
  • Online Safety Coordinator: Georgina Rawling
  • Senior Mental Health Lead: Nicola Bryant
  • Looked After Children Coordinator: Hannah Penning
  • Person responsible for children with medical needs: Nicola Bryant

Contact Us

Our team is dedicated to supporting you and can be reached during normal working hours during term time.

Outside of normal working hours or term time please visit the KCC Social Care Website or dial 999 for emergency services.

Please click on the links below for further safeguarding information and guidance.

Childline logo - Online, on the phone, anytime


24/7 support and counselling for children and young people logo

Think U Know

Mental health support and resources for suicidal thoughts

Kooth logo


Online mental wellbeing community for children and young adults

Mind logo


Mental health support and resources for suicidal thoughts

What does Safeguarding look like at Marden Primary Academy?

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and we all have an essential role to play in making this community safe and secure. We must maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ . The best interests of children always come first.

Our core safeguarding principles are:

  • Prevention  – we create a supportive and safe culture for children
  • Protection – we follow the agreed procedures and training and respond sensitively to safeguarding concerns.
  • Support – we support all learners who may be at risk of harm to ensure timely, appropriate communications and actions

All staff must:

  • Ensure they are familiar with the Early Years Child Protection Policy  & Child Protection Policy 
  • Read and understand Part One of Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Complete annual training in Safeguarding via National College
  • Keep up to date with training and updates surrounding safeguarding
  • Be able to raise a concern using the My Concern safeguarding system – My Concern training 
  • Be able to name and identify the DSL and Safeguarding team
  • All staff receive safeguarding training on induction as well as ongoing updates and personal development e.g. Online Safety, Prevent, County Lines.
  • Allegations and concerns are reported proactively and taken seriously by all. Appropriate action is taken by the safeguarding team including rationale.
  • We track and review the needs of our most vulnerable students regularly and involve outside agencies where required, beneficial or appropriate.
  • We work with the Local Authority, Police and Support Services to ensure our students and families receive the support they need.
  • We complete and review risk assessments to ensure that all potential dangers in activities have been identified.
  • We teach our students how to identify dangers and keep themselves safe (including online) during weekly PSHE lessons, assemblies and through our Learning Calendar events. Where necessary, we change our curriculum to address particular concerns or areas of need. 
  • We understand that mental health and special education needs can have unique safeguarding requirements and regularly review these.
  • Our pupils and staff are well trained to evacuate the building safely in case of fire or other emergencies.
  • We have 3 experienced DSLs.  Level 3 DSL Training is updated at least once every two years for all DSLs.
  • Our safeguarding governor works closely with the school to ensure safeguarding practices are robust and upheld.
  • All staff are DBS checked and can be identified easily via their ID badge which must be worn at all times. 
  • Our pupils have easy-access to support from our teachers, learning support assistants, specialist ELSAs, our Pastoral Support Worker as well as safeguarding team and our leadership team.