Our school is committed to good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities we undertake. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about children and report these in a proper fashion. Our safeguarding policy details these procedures. A copy of this policy is available from the school office on request and on the school website.

It is important for parents/carers to be aware that:

  1. Staff and volunteers have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of some extra support or whether a child may have been abused or at risk of abuse.
  2. In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to social services. In the majority of cases there will already have been discussion between schools staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to parents/carers. However, parents/carers may not be told that their child has been referred to Social Services if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
  • If parents/carers have serious concerns about a child, contact should be made directly with South Gloucestershire’s Access and Response Team (01454 866000). For any enquiries about issues that have arisen in school, they should contact the head teacher.


We aim to keep bullying out of Coniston Primary School and take care to devise strategies to prevent it. The very good relationships that exist in the school mean that children develop the confidence to talk to staff about their concerns, knowing that they will be listened to and that any bullying will be tackled. Parents/carers should also inform the school if they have any concerns so we can take appropriate action.