At Cottage Grove Primary School, safeguarding is our number one priority and the responsibility of everybody. This page outlines the systems we have in place to ensure the safety of our pupils; it is not intended to replace our safeguarding policy, which can be found on the policies section of this website.

We are clear that safeguarding goes beyond just our statuary responsibility and it is essential that we maintain high standards of safeguarding practice across our school; to keep our children safe. In order to this, we constantly review our safeguarding systems to seek the best safeguarding practice.

If you require any further information on safeguarding or are in need of support, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office, speaking to a member of staff or completing our online contact form.

Who are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's)?

Our DSL's oversee all matters relating to the safeguarding of our pupils.

Mr Lee Branscombe

Interim Headteacher

Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Verity Tilley

Deputy Head

Deputy DSL

Miss Cathy Light

Deputy Head

Deputy DSL

Miss Karen Davies

Pastoral Lead

Deputy DSL

Mrs Becky Hussey

Early Years Lead

Deputy DSL

Are you concerned about a child?

If a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999.

Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Telephone: 02392 688 793

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership

For local information about safeguarding services in our area, visit the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website

Further Information

You can also find further information on the latest Department for Education campaign: Child Abuse. If you think it, report it

Resources for Parents

Information for Pupils


If you are feeling worried about something, you can always speak to a teacher or school adult. We are here to help you.

A school adult may notice that you are feeling upset and ask you if you are ok. We just want to make sure that you feel safe.


CHILD LINE is a phone number that you can ring and talk to someone about your worries or concerns. All you have to do is call 0800 1111 on any phone to talk to someone trustworthy. You can find information about their service by clicking the link below: