Safeguarding Statement 

At St Margaret's the health and safety of the school community is of paramount importance. We aim to keep the children in our care safe by implementing policies and procedures and systems in accordance with national safeguarding guidance and legislation designed to: 

  • prevent unsuitable people working with children;
  • promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice;
  • identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child's welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe;
  • contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for our children. 

The school has a child protection and safeguarding policy and procedures in place that are in accordance with local authority guidance and locally agreed interagency procedures, and the policy is made available to parents below or upon request. 

We operate safe recruitment procedures to ensure that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff and volunteers who work with children. 

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which came into force on 1 July 2015, requires certain authorities, including schools, to "have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism". This is known as the 'Prevent Duty'.

The Prevent Duty is a safeguarding responsibility.

Who are the school's Designated Safeguarding Leaders?

Designated Safeguarding Leader

Mrs Jill Hine


Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Mrs Nichola Rea
Nursery Manager


Designated Safeguarding Leader

Mr Damith Bandara
Deputy Headteacher


Designated Safeguarding Deputy 

Mr Billy Marchant 

West Sussex Children’s Services
Integrated Front Door: 

Contact No: 01403 229900


Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

  • Miriam Williams and Donna Tomlinson (future LADOs)
  • Sally Arbuckle (assistant LADO)

When contacting LADO please use the following: LADO Consultation
Contact No: 0330 222 6450 (9:00am to 5:00pm)


Please do not email any of the LADO team on their individual WCSS email accounts.

Safeguarding in Education Team

Tel: 0330 222 4030


Contact Us

The Primary School, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mr Steve Chambers
01293 521077

Contact Us

The Nursery, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mrs Nichola Rea
01293 421080