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Saxmundham Primary School

Safeguarding & 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:

  • Mrs Penny Benstock (Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENDCo)
  • Mrs C Singleton (Interim Headteacher and Alternate Designated Lead)
  • Miss T Ives (Assistant Head of School Alternate Designated Lead)
  • Mr Donald Hawkley (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

Saxmundham Primary School Safeguarding Policy and Related Documents

Useful contacts:


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



At Saxmundham 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 P Benstock (SENDCO & SMHL)

Miss S Jay (Family Support & ELSA)

Ms M Maller (Pastrol Support & THRIVE)