Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9UA

01473 728565

Ravenswood Community Primary School

Be Kind, Be Bold, Be Safe, Be You

Safeguarding at Ravenswood


At Ravenswood Community Primary School, we are vigilant in keeping all children safe from harm and are committed to safeguarding our children. All adults, including staff, parents and governors, have a shared responsibility to safeguard children; any concerns, no matter how small, should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.  

If anyone has concerns about a member of staff, these should be reported to Mrs Kent. If the concern is about Mrs Kent, the concern should be reported to the Chair of Governors, Mr Robert Smith or the police on 101.

Anyone can make a referral about their concerns directly to: Customer First: 0808 800 4005 or the Police on 101.


  • Our Lead Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs M Cartwright. 
  • Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs V Mushati.  
  • Our Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads (ADSL) are Mrs H Kent (SPOC and ADSL), Mrs Hancock (ADSL), Mrs N Ritchie (CiC and ADSL), Mrs L Thurston (ADSL), Mrs S Milburn (ADSL), Mr N Hynes (ADSL). 



The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of our overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  In the Act this has simply been expressed as the need to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
  • Our lead PREVENT officer is Mrs M Cartwright. Our alternate PREVENT officers are Mrs H Kent and Miss S Cook. 

The definition of safeguarding, as used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education guidance document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’;

  • protecting children and learners from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
  • ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

Ensuring the children of Ravenswood Community Primary School feel safe and secure is essential to ensure they are happy in their lives both now and in the future, and to enable them to fully access the education they are entitled to.

Local Contact Information:

Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Professional Helpline: 0345 606 1499

MASH webchat facility

Customer First (Professional Referral Line) for use in emergencies only: 0345 606 6167

Customer First: 0808 800 4005

Police (emergency only): 999

Suffolk Police main switchboard: 01473 613500

Suffolk Police Cybercrime Unit: 101 Suffolk Local Safeguarding Partnership www.suffolksp.org.uk Suffolk County Council: www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/staying-safe-online/e-safer-suffolk