Axbridge C of E First School Academy

Moorland Street, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2BA


Axbridge C of E First School Academy



Safeguarding Lead: Mr. Dominic Shillabeer 

Deputy Safeguarding Leads:  Miss Kellie Nash and Mrs Kate Febrey

 Axbridge C of E First School Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


What is Safeguarding?

 Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
 Safeguarding means:
·         protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
·         preventing harm to children's health or development
·         ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
·         taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation apply to all children up to the age of 18.   

 What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.  It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding approach, including the WLT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website and is also included below.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

Who can I talk to?

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr. Dominic Shillabeer (Head Teacher). Our Deputy DSL is Miss Kellie Nash (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Kate Febrey (Nursery Manager). Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01934 732391 if you have any concerns or queries. You will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you. If you wish to contact the DSL directly, the email address is,

You can also contact our governor:

Safeguarding Governor             - Kate Browne  -                   

Chair of Governors                      - Zoe Hebden - 

Designated Governor for LAC    - Zoe Hebden -

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School DSLs.

PLEASE CLICK to read our Safeguarding Statement 2023

Staff: I want to report a concern

Staff are asked to follow this link and submit their concern, the DSL/DDSL will respond within 48 hours.

Prevent Strategy
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".  This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.  It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making.  Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.

Please click the image to be re-directed to the Government training on Prevent.


Online Safety
Here at Axbridge C of E First School, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning.  We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement.  However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. Therefore, we use a range of resources, collective worships and workshops to help educate our children on the importance of being aware, questioning and equipped in order to navigate the online world.



Keeping Children Safe in Education
Please click on the link below to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education.  It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance and provide consent that they have done so (a register exists to determine this).  Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.

Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance for schools and colleges - 2023

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  - Procedural Information
From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM.

Click on the image below to be re-directed to the Government training on FGM.

For more information on any of the above, please see the links below.


When Tamsin from the NSPCC came to visit with her mascot 'Buddy', we all learnt an important number to call if we are ever worried about staying safe.

0800 1111 


Managing allegations, disclosures or concerns

Staff/volunteers must immediately report an allegation about a member of staff to the DSL (Dominic Shillabeer) or, if unavailable, to the Deputy DSLs  (Kellie Nash or Kate Febrey). An Allegations Reporting Form (ARF) will need to be completed. The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Anthony Goble) can be contacted via Somerset Direct on 0300 1232224.