Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as "Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes"
("Keeping Children Safe in Education" 2019)
The School and Trust fully recognise the contribution they can make to protect children and support pupils in the Trust. The pupils’ welfare and safety is of paramount importance. The aim of the School and Trust's policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate.
Staff in our Trust are made aware that Safeguarding issues 'could and do happen here' and they are trained to understand what possible indicators for abuse and neglect may look like. They will always act in the best interests of the child and will have a conversation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) when a concern arises.
In line with statutory requirements, staff understand the difference between a safeguarding concern and one involving "immediate danger" or "at risk of significant harm". Staff also know their responsibility is always to record concerns. They are also clear on their responsibility to contact the MASH (Northants Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) directly should the need ever arise.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mr T Pool
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Miss L O'Mara
Further details can be found in the documents below.
Course: Parents and Carers Guide to Internet Safety- Keeping Safe Online
As a parent, we can often feel that our children have a whole world online, which we have little understanding around. This 2 hour session will help you to understand how to help your child use the internet safely, we will look at some of the risks out there, but also how to put parental safeguards in place.
Dates & times available:
Thursday 20th May (7:00pm-9:00pm)
This course is delivered online via Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be sent a few days prior to the course start date. You will have ongoing access to the system with the course materials after the course has finished.
An overview for parents and carers: -
• Understanding the benefits and risks of internet access for children
• Identifying the risks
• Exploring popular social media
• Safeguarding children online for adults
• Enabling children to understand and build resilience to the risks
• Signpost to methods to restrict and monitor access
Course can be booked via this link:
Links to Further Information and Support Agencies
(Please also see our Wellbeing and Online Safety Pages )
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS are specialist NHS children and young people's mental health services.
If you are a parent and think your child might need more help, speak to your school or GP.
If you work with children, you can refer a child for support directly via the Referral Management Centre.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
CEOP is a centre dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They work in partnership with local and international organisations.
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Parents, carers and professionals coming into contact with children are urged to look out for signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The Tackling CSE Toolkit assists frontline practitioners working with children in identifying CSE and taking appropriate action.
- Children's Rights Service
The council has a responsibility to make sure that the rights of children are respected and that they are treated fairly.
The Children's Rights Service support children and young people in care with advice, support and advocacy.
Early Help Advice for Parents
There are a number of measures in place to help protect children's safety and wellbeing. They are designed to give you or your child the help you need as quickly as possible to stop issues getting worse.
Ways we can support
Early help - working with you and your family
The Early Help Assessment (EHA) - helping you support your child
The multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) - working together to keep children safe
Stepdown - When your family no longer need social care
Understanding your family's situation - the Child and Family Assessment
If you think your family could benefit from early help, you can contact your midwife, your child’s health visitor, children’s centre, school or request an Early Help Assessment (EHA) by getting in touch with our helpdesk: