Keeping Our Children Safe

Mrs Cait Cooper, Designated Safeguarding Lead -

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play”.

Chessington School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical, mental and emotional welfare of every pupil, both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken.

Our policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance. It will be achieved by:

● Ensuring that members of the governing board, the headteacher and staff understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, are alert to the signs of child abuse, and know to refer concerns to the DSL.

● Teaching pupils how to keep safe and recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.

● Identifying and making provision for any pupil that has been subject to, or is at risk of, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

● Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.

● Ensuring that the headteacher and any new staff and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.

The DSL’s are Mrs Cait Cooper & Ms Sarah Wilson. In the absence of the DSL, child protection matters will be dealt with by the Headteacher, Sarah Wilson.


At Chessington School our Safeguarding Priorities for 2023-2024 are:

  • To ensure Chessington School is a mentally healthy school
  • To promote and develop an anti-bystander culture in relation to child-child incidents
  • Contextual Safeguarding ( Local priority to Kingston and Richmond)
  • To educate pupils across the curriculum on online safety and risk of harm


Please view our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy here and the student version below.

Please view our Quick access leaflet for students needing support here and below. 


Reporting concerns

If you have a concern about the safety of a child please contact Mrs Cait Cooper, Designated Safeguarding Lead, email

If you are concerned about a child out of school hours, you should phone the Single Point Access team. The SPA team is available from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday on 020 8547 5008, or if you need to speak to someone urgently after hours or at the weekend, call the 'Out of Hours' team on 020 8770 5000.

Call 999 if you think a child or young person is in immediate danger.