Sutton Valence Primary School,
North St, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HT

01622 842188

Sutton Valence Primary School


Our mission is to ensure we all participate in the constant quest of knowledge, learning and adventure so that each individual can build upon their core strengths to aspire to make a real difference.


Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Terry (Headteacher) 

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Parsons (Deputy Headteacher)

Our children Protection/ Safeguarding policy can be found on our policies page. Please find the link here.


Sutton Valence Primary School takes its responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.

We aim to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. In addition we aim to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate. This Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers,  working in or on behalf of the School and it is expected that everyone working in or for our School shares the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse.

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of the pupils. In cases where the school has a reason to be concerned that a child maybe subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative than to follow the Local Authority Child Protection procedures and inform the Children’s Services Department of their concern. 


Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

To find out more about Operation Encompass, please visit the website by clicking here.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

 CEOP and Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the national online Safety education programme from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Team, which aims to protect children and young people from harm both online and offline. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify main threats to children, and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

CEOP adopt a holistic approach; officers work side by side with professionals from the wider child protection community and industry to pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children, prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation, protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse through safeguarding and child protection work.

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and its activity in each of the above areas is underpinned by specialist teams. The Education team at CEOP deliver the Thinkuknow education programme that aims to empower and protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Thinkuknow includes films, animations, websites, presentations and lesson plans to enable teachers to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children. The films/animations are accompanied by toolkits and delivery guidance documents to help teachers to explore their themes with children.

Useful links to CEOP/Thinkuknow information and example resources: