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Sunnyside Primary Academy

Safeguarding and Inclusion Team

Sunnyside Primary Academy Safeguarding Team

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Miss Emma Nolan

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Deputy DSLs) - Ms Tricia McMahon, Mrs Claire Bates, Miss Sam Pyke, Miss Bianca Pietrzak

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Our school is a safe place for children, where our responsibilities for safeguarding children are taken seriously.

The team meet formally on a weekly basis to discuss well-being of children, families and staff.  Families are welcome to drop in to speak to a member of the safeguarding team if they require support with well-being or attendance strategies.  We also offer food banks for families who are in need.


As a school, we recognise that at times all children and families require a little more support.  At Sunnyside, we offer extra support through friendly chats, direction towards specialist support, early help assessments and a range of support programmes for pupils. 

Through our curriculum we teach the children about personal safety, and how to keep themselves safe from harm. Our curriculum includes opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions, and helps our children to think about their own personal safety and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.

We also offer a number of small group work shops for children who have gone through separation and loss, require a self-esteem boost or just need a drop in to make their day go a little smoother.

During wellbeing groups, children have great fun learning how to develop these skills through creative and exciting games. Although some games can be challenging at times, the children  work extremely hard to work together and grow in confidence. 

We complete whole school wellbeing surveys to ensure support is provided where it is needed. 

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. If you have a concern you can speak to one of the safeguarding leads. Here are some useful contacts:

MASH Northamptonshire West: 0300 126 7000  Click for website

Northampton Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS): 0300 0120154 Click for website

Sunflower Centre (Domestic Abuse support): 01604 888211 Click for more information

Voice (support for witnesses and victims): 01604 888211  Click for website

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 Click for website


Click here for the Trust safeguarding policy

A paper copy of all of our policies can be requested at the office free of charge. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 DfE

We are aware that a new version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published in December 2023. Although our policies refer to the older version which was current at the start of the academic year we do of course comply with all the requirements of the new document.


Sexual Abuse within Schools – Peer on Peer Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Our position as a trust and within all our academies is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted. We remain committed to working openly and transparently with to promote mutual respect. We will always act on concerns raised.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of peer on peer abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on individual academy websites. 

All students are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.

The appropriate means for disclosing an allegation of abuse relating to another student is always to inform a member of the specific academy’s safeguarding team directly or a member of the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff, this must be sent to the Academy Principal or directly to the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. We will always act on concerns raised.

Links to Trust Policies:

Trust Safeguarding Policy

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Children Missing in Education -

Children Missing in Education - West Northamptonshire

Working together to safeguard children 2023: statutory guidance (

Prevent Duty Guidance

Other useful links

DFE guidance:


Advice for schools and parents: