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The Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding Children is Everybody's Business


This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place which we refer to on our website.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.  Parents and carers are encouraged to read the Safeguarding Policy, below.


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


Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:

-Mr. Peter Seargent, Headteacher

-Mrs. Wendy Forte, Deputy Headteacher

-Mrs. Laina Richardson,  Learning Mentor

-Mrs J Todd  (Chair of Governors) Safeguarding Governor


If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible on the same day.  Do NOT conduct your own investigation.


If your concern relates to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that he/she is unsuitable to work with children), then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher), who will consider what action to take.


Safeguarding Staff (Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Seargent) Click to see our safeguarding staff structure

For more information about school policies and practices, please follow the link below.

SDAT (Stopping Domestic Abuse Together)


SDAT is an initiative led by Derbyshire Police in conjunction with Social Services, Health Services, schools and other agencies, who work together to safeguard children and adults.

Domestic Abuse can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional


Children and young people witnessing domestic abuse

Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing and scary and it causes serious harm to children. 

Children who witness domestic abuse can experience a wide range effects. They may:

  • Become anxious and depressed
  • Have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares
  • Be easily startled, flinch or react disproportionately to loud noises
  • Complain of physical symptoms such as tummy ache
  • Start wetting the bed
  • Have temper tantrums and display challenging behaviour at school
  • Behave younger than they are
  • Not want to go to school 
  • Become aggressive towards others
  • Have poor self-worth
  • Self-harm
  • Have difficulty forming positive relationships


They may feel:

  • Guilty - because they think they have done something wrong
  • Powerless - because they can't stop the violence
  • Confused - because it doesn't make sense
  • Angry - because it shouldn't be happening
  • Sad - because it's a loss
  • Afraid - because they may be hurt, they may lose someone they love, others may find out
  • Alone - because they think it is only happening to them


What is SDAT?

SDAT is an early notification system to schools to quickly notify them of any incidents of domestic abuse where the Police have attended a household where children live.

This enables schools to understand changes in a child's behaviour, attitude or general presentation and to support children if needed.


Useful links

• Operation Encompass – resources for schools includes free advice from an Education Psychologist about how best to support children via National Helpline 0204 513 9990

 • Women’s Aid – also has The Hideout a space for children and young people

 • Refuge – including the national free 24 hour domestic abuse helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit to access live chat. Has BSL interpreter service

 • Men’s Advice Line - confidential help and support for men Helpline 0808 801 0327

 • Safe Lives - UK wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse

 • Domestic Abuse Act: Factsheet

 • NSPCC – protecting children from domestic abuse

 • Galop – LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Includes National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428

 • – how to get help for domestic abuse