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Leiston Primary School

Safeguarding and Welfare



Across the Avocet Academy Trust​, the governors and staff fully recognise the contribution the school makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that the safety and protection of all pupils is of paramount importance and that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. We believe that the school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes all pupils’ social, physical, emotional and moral development.

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of a child please contact:

  • Miss Hazel Cornwell (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs Melissa Geater (Headteacher and Alternate Designated Lead/Online Safety Lead)
  • Mrs Mia Chadwick (Assistant Head of School Alternate Designated Lead and SENDCo)
  • Mrs L. Cassie (Named member of the Local Advisory Board with responsibility for Safeguarding)

The LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) are Rennie Everett and Dian Campbell.
Local Designated Officers can be contacted via email on or using the LADO central telephone number 0300 123 2044 for allegations against all staff and volunteers.


Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership: Safeguarding Children


Guidance surrounding the PREVENT Duty - this information is reviewed by the school on a regular basis


Useful contacts:


  • Childline:  08001111
  • Samaritans:  116123
  • Domestic Violence Hotline:08082000247
  • Mind: 03001233393
  • Age UK: 08001696565


Follow the links below to find out more about our approaches to Online Safety and the Prevent Duty.



At Leiston Primary School we believe that a child needs to feel safe, secure and happy to learn.  We understand that there are times when life can be difficult  and that situations arise which impact not only on individual children but on the well being of their families.  We have a welfare team based in the school to support individual needs as they arise.  Children may have access to a block of work based on THRIVE, ELSA, Lego therapy  or Drawing and Talking.  Intervention and support is often bespoke and dependant on need.  Teachers can refer into the team, children are always welcome to come and talk and parents are actively encouraged to work with us in partnership.


The Welfare Team:

Mrs M. Chadwick (SENDCO)

Miss H. Cornwell (Attendance and Safeguarding)

Mrs H. Hammond (family support and THRIVE)

Mrs B. Wilson (THRIVE and ELSA)

Mental Health - Additional Information and Support


There are times when you and your family may need additional information and support.  Please find below some links to websites and information which you may find helpful.

Helpful information for families ranging from parenting tips to understanding your child's mental health

Support for Mental Health

Parenting support and advice

Family wellbeing workshop

Parenting support from mental health experts



Download the Ollee app for support with mental health and emotional wellbeing (8 yrs+)

We have been awarded the Sandwell Charter - Mark for well-being

Launching our virtual worry box for children


Children are used to having a worry box in class or an adult on hand to talk to while in school. 

Things are a little bit different at the moment with many children at home, they may have worries or concerns and not know who to share them with. 


From today children can share their worries with an adult in school by sending an email to our virtual worry box to let us know who they would like to talk to.


We cannot promise to keep information secret but we can promise to always work to ensure the right support is available - please see the Children's Safeguarding Policy.


Children can talk to us about worries they might have including:

  • things that have happened to them or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when feeling scared
  • missing school 
  • what will happen in the future
  • coping with mental health.

Children can also contact Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from their website.

The Thrive Approach


What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning? Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.

The Thrive Approach draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them reengage with life and learning (Taken from the Thrive Website - see link below).

At Leiston Primary School we educate the whole child and address a wide variety of needs that they may have. We have two fully training Thrive practitioners in school who support identified children through a range of small group and individual activities. The power of marbles in warm soapy water under your feet is amazing!

If you would like more information about the approach then please speak to Mrs Hazel Hammond (Family Liaison Co-coordinator) or Mrs Bev Wilson.

Link through to the website