What is safeguarding?

Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment

  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development

  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care

  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes


What are schools expected to do?

  • Schools must comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education. This means, for example:

  • Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies.

  • Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues

  • Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’

  • Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated


What does safeguarding look like in our school?

  • The key safeguarding team are: Mrs Goring-Farrow (DSL), Mrs Robinson (deputy DSL and director of student well-being), Mrs Hodgson (Head teacher), Ms Woodburn (Pupil Premium support worker and attendance officer). However, all staff are regularly trained and aware of their responsibilities to safeguard children in school.

    Other ways we safeguard children at Brooklands are:

  • We protect information about your child and only share it appropriately

  • We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance

  • We track concerns about children confidentially using Cpoms

  • We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and in computing.

  • We supervise pupils as they enter and leave the school building at the start and end of the day


Who should I speak to for more information, or if I have a safeguarding concern?

You can speak to any member of staff, but we recommend that your first point of contact is your child’s form tutor, Head of Year, Mrs Robinson or Mrs Goring-Farrow

Who should my child speak to if he/she has a concern?

Your child can speak to any trusted adult in school. The adult will refer to the DSL if there is a concern about the safety of the child.

How can I access more relevant information or policies?

The school’s safeguarding policy is below. There are also links to some useful parent sites that can give you additional information.

Useful Links for Parents: