Are you concerned about a child?

Acting quickly can make all the difference.

If you think a child might be suffering neglect or abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do. But your action is vital in making sure that child gets the help they need.  

To contact the school, call 01424 842297 and ask to speak with one of our Designated  Safeguarding Leads.

If you are concerned about a child in East Sussex call the SPOA (Single Point Of Advice) on 01323 464222.

For serious out of hour concerns which cannot wait until the next day, contact the Emergency Duty Service on 01273 335906 or 01273 335905.

You may also find information on the East Sussex County Council Children and Families page.

If you think the child is in immediate danger, you should call the police.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Little Common School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Moor (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr MacGregor (Deputy Headteacher), Miss Simons (Assistant Head & SENCO) and Mrs Patch-Hart (Assistant Head & Phase Leader). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Nick Wilkinson. 


                                                                        Mrs Moor



Miss Simons

Assistant Head and SENDCo

Mr MacGregor

Deputy Head

Mrs Patch-Hart

Assistant Head

Phase Leader for Reception and KS1

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Online Safety

Please view our dedicated Online Safety page for guidance and for information about how we teach this area of the curriculum at Little Common School 

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc.

We understand that in some circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

 Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the school.


Social Media

At Little Common we have worked with parents, staff and governors to develop our agreed Social Media Commitment.

We understand we have a shared obligation to educate, protect and support children in this area.

Little Common Social Media Commitment:

All staff and governors at Little Common School would never use any form of social media to discuss our pupils or their parents in any way. 

We ask all of our parents and carers to support us in educating children early in the importance of using social media responsibly and taking care of their digital footprint.  Adults should role model appropriate online behaviours by not using social media to negatively discuss or share images of any of our pupils, other parents or teachers.  Doing so has implications on people’s privacy and personal lives and also has potential to constitute a safeguarding risk. 

We would ask that if you ever have any concerns, please address these directly with the school.