At The Wilfred Owen Primary School, the safety of our pupils is of the utmost importance to us.

All our staff have up-to-date safeguarding training certificates from Shropshire Council and are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect.

We have designated members of staff to whom concerns are referred and who are here to help you as parents.

These staff have completed Designated Lead Training and attend refresher training as required. In addition, they attend training offered by the Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership to ensure they are fully up to date.

Getting help

Our designated safeguarding lead is Karen Matthews

​We also have safeguarding deputies who are Sarah O’Hara, Anna Hopwood, Sue Cossie, Debbie Smallman
.  Please treat them as a first point of contact for safeguarding issues at the school.

Mrs Karen Matthews

Headteacher and SENCO

Sarah O'Hara

Deputy Headteacher

Anna Hopwood

Assistant Headteacher

Sue Cossie

Learning Mentor​

Debbie Smallman

Learning Mentor​

If you are looking for information, you can also have a look at the website of Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership.  The SSCP is a representative group of agencies in Shropshire involved in safeguarding children and child protection, and its website contains contact details, links and documentation.


Useful numbers

  • Shropshire’s Safeguarding Partnership: 0345 678 9021 (out of hours: 0345 6789040)
  • Protecting Vulnerable People (West Mercia Police): 0300 333 3000
  • NSPCC: 0800 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111


Safeguarding – a definition

The following definition is the one we work by as a school and is Ofsted’s summary of the key points appearing in the Children Act 2004 and the Department for Education’s guidance on safeguarding.


We commit to:


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