As with all schools, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils is of the highest priority.
At Crawley Down Village C of E School our trained Designated Safeguarding Leads are:-
- Oliver Burcombe (Headteacher)
- Gemma Weatherley (Assistant Headteacher)
- Paula Bayntun (Pastoral Support Leader)
All staff are trained in the identification and reporting of any concerns which might suggest that a child’s safety or well-being is at risk. We ask that anyone coming into school who has any concern about the safety or well-being of any child raises this immediately with one of the safeguarding leads.
The school works closely with the safeguarding teams at West Sussex County Council via the Integrated Front Door (IFD). The IFD is a single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in West Sussex. Anybody can report a concern to this team via telephone on
Our school participates in Operation Encompass, a project run jointly between schools and Sussex Police. 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 resident 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.
You can download full details of the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here.