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Taxal and Fernilee CE Primary School





Click this link to make a report on the CEOP website


CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) are here to help and give you advice. If something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried, you can make a report directly to them. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.  They take all reports seriously and we will do everything they can to keep you safe.

Safeguarding Information

Key members of staff

Designated Safeguarding lead: Karen O'Connor

Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead: Stephanie KavanaghJenny Dalton and Robert Crawshaw

Safeguarding Governor: Graham Atkinson


Safeguarding at Taxal and Fernilee

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do in school.

    • We carry out regular safeguarding audits, so that we know that we are referring to the latest advice and guidance.
    • The Headteacher and Chair of Governors have a meeting every month to review all the outstanding safeguarding issues in school
    • Governors are informed about safeguarding issues (without naming children) in Headteacher reports and meetings.
    • Governors read and approve Safeguarding Policies and the important ones are in the 'Safeguarding documents' section of this website.
    • The school uses a web-based recording system, known as CPOMS (Child Protection Online Monitoring System), to ensure that we share information about any concerns for the children in school.  It also allows us to quickly collate information to share with outside agencies, if needed.


The staff team often give children advice on how to stay safe on line and there is advice for parents in the "online safety guides" section of the website. 



Early Help

What is Early Help?

From time to time, all of us need some additional support to help us through difficult circumstances. Situations such as bereavement, unemployment or domestic abuse can impact on the development of a child. Likewise, issues such as cyber bullying or challenging behaviour by a child can cause wider difficulties for the families as a whole. For this reason, Taxal and Fernilee has an Early Help Offer to provide support when it is needed and prevent families from reaching crisis point.

What does Early Help look like?

In the first instance we will offer advice to families who are struggling, or signpost them to the relevant services /agencies that can help with their specific issue. If a more significant problem is identified, we will offer a more personalised approach, involving our Family Support Worker or advice from other practitioners.

How do we know when support is needed?

We have open and honest dialogues between parents, carers, children, staff and other professionals so that every concern brought to us is investigated thoroughly.

 What support do we offer at Taxal & Fernilee?

Our Family Support Worker - Hilary Morton – is very experienced in working with families who need support. When needed, she can lend a listening ear to children and families who need it and signpost them to relevant services and agencies. At other times she can offer a more proactive role and give more in depth support.

We may suggest the completion of an Early Help Assessment which is a way for us to identify what is going well for you and your family, and also highlight those areas that are causing difficulties. The assessment is voluntary, but we have found that they are a great way of providing a support network for your family when you need it most.

What next?

For further information about this process, please speak to your class teacher or contact Mrs O'Connor directly. If anyone has concerns about a child, then you can contact the school or contact 'Call Derbyshire' directly on 01629 533190 or by texting 86555. Alternatively, you can visit 


Safeguarding policies