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Safeguarding Information

At Sidestrand Hall school, Safeguarding is an aspect of school we are proud and passionate about, and aim for all staff to be alert and responsive to possible concerns. As it states in our policy, to promote the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school we adopt the key elements of our policy:

  • prevention
  • protection
  • support

We look to nurture and educate our pupils to become aspirational, kind, resilient and independent. We can only be successful in this objective if primarily they are safe and happy. To ensure their safety and happiness, we take a pupil focused approach to everything we do. It is essential we listen to pupils and that their voice is heard. Staff are trained to be proactive in how they safeguard the pupils they work with every day, and the most effective strategy taught is to listen. As a school we are constantly seeking ways to let young people know that we are here to listen and that they know adults who have their best interests at heart.

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Contact Information

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr. Michael Kelly
Assistant Headteacher

Deputy DSL

Ms. Diana Chadfield
Family Support Worker/Deputy DSL

Deputy DSL

Ms. Shelley Taylor

Deputy DSL

Mrs. Amanda Barley
Assistant Headteacher

Governor Safeguarding Contact

Ms. Marie Greer

Safeguarding Contact Numbers

School Telephone Number:  01263 578 144


Information for reporting a safeguarding concern

The Next Step

If you have cause for concern through observation or disclosure, you must pass this information on immediately in writing to a designated person. You will need to record:

  • Where you were
  • Time
  • Name of child
  • What they said
  • Injuries seen and a description
  • Was anyone else present during the disclosure?
  • Who are you passing information to?
  • Your name, job title and the date
  • Finally, sign your statement

If a child makes a disclosure



  • Stay calm and be patient
  • Listen carefully
  • Explain why you cannot keep what you are told to yourself and what you will do next
  • Reassure the child that they are doing the right thing in telling you
  • Ask the child if there is anything else they want to say or anyone else they want to speak to

If a child makes a disclosure


Do not

  • Interpret what you have heard
  • Ask leading questions
  • Express an opinion

The Prevent duty:

As with managing other safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate that they may be in need of protection. Children at risk of radicalisation may display different signs or seek to hide their views. School staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately.

In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know how to use the usual logging concern procedure. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of the schools’ wider safeguarding duties and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harm (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation) whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences

Your record may be used as evidence in court, therefore this means that your written information must be factual and not your opinion

You will find the relevant safeguarding forms to record this information in the staff room, or ask a member of the administrative / office team

Confidentiality and records — Child Protection information will only be shared with those who need it in order to ensure the safety of the children concerned