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Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School fully recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We wish to create a safe, welcoming and vigilant environment for children where they feel valued and are respected.

We are able to play a significant part in the prevention of harm to our children by providing them with good lines of communication with trusted adults, supportive friends and an ethos of protection.

We recognise that all adults in our school have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm and have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm. We are committed to and follow strict procedures with regards to safe recruitment.

Our school is committed to providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected and which promotes their social, physical and moral development.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Shona Pitcher
Tel: 0208 399 5344
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Matthew McHale
Tel: 0208 399 5344
Chair of Governors
Mrs Jenny Gresson
Designated Governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection
Mrs Cath Tanner

If you are concerned about a child please contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) service on 020 8547 5008

Our Early Help Offer

What is Early Help?

Early help, also known as early intervention, is support given to a family when a problem first emerges. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person's life. At Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School we believe that early help is very important as its focus is to improve outcomes for children and the sooner help begins the faster improvements can begin.

At Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School, we offer a range of Early Help support. We also work with a number of external agencies to offer support.

What does Early Help for pupils include?

1:1 or group emotional support focusing on:

Promoting self-esteem and confidence.

Promoting positive behaviour and attitudes to learning.

Support with developing positive relationships.

Support with bereavement, family breakdown or other trauma.

Promoting attendance.

Support with emotional regulation.

What does Early Help for families include?

Access to a variety of parent workshops in school and on the school’s website.

Assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, foodbank vouchers, wraparound care.

Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home.

Providing information and signposting to other services in the local area.

Liaising with a range of external services such as housing and Family Support Workers.

Who provides Early Help support in school?

Early Help support is provided by a variety of staff across our school. If a parent/carer approaches a staff member about Early Help support, they will discuss this with the SEND team or Senior Leadership Team/Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Where a referral to another professional is seen as beneficial, such as for Family Support or to CAMHS, the school will either make the referral or work with the family to support the referral and next steps.

Kingston Early Help offer

Please click here for more information about Kingston’s early help offer:

Early Help strategy 2020-24 (

Safeguarding - Support for Children

Under 18 and worried about online sexual abuse? To report, click the button below to visit the CEOP Safety Centre.


Safeguarding - Support for Parents
We recommend the following websites parents guide to technology

Directory of domestic abuse and local services

Please click here for a copy of Keeping You Safe Kingston & Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) annual report for young people.

An external audit of our safeguarding systems and procedures was undertaken in Spring 2019. Click here to read a copy of the report. All recommendations have been actioned.

Our Safeguarding Policy is in the policies section of the school website.

Click here for further information for support from other agencies.






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