Safeguarding Children Policy


Academic year: 2021 - 2022

We all have a statutory duty to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.


If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this educational setting or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away. 

Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in this setting. Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a worrying situation.


However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the people below immediately. If you are unable to contact them, you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.


The people you should talk to at this setting are:


The Designated Safeguarding Lead / Child Protection Lead is

Mr G R Rhodes


01709 583273


The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is

Mrs H Mitchell


01709 583273


Our school Nurse is Pauline Hargreaves 01302 566776

Our named CAMHS worker is Natalie Bagnall             


Our named Educational Psychologist Service worker is Emily Allsopp

Our named Mental Health Trailblazer Practitioner is Rebecca Jackson

Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Head Teacher 

unless it involves them and then it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Academy Committee.


If it involves them, it should go direct to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).  

If in any doubt refer to the DSCP Policies and Procedures and contact the LADO.


LADO, Mary Woollett Centre, Danum Road, Doncaster, DN4 5HF
Tel: 01302 737748 or 01302 737332


Worried about a child 

Talk to us

We are always here for our children, young people and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

If you are worried about a child and wish to speak to a person you can contact us by calling 01302 737777 or in the evening or at weekends call 01302 796 000.

Otherwise complete the form below.

Where you believe there is immediate risk of significant harm the police should be contacted on 999.

Use this form if you have a concern about a child or want to enquire about Early Help.

You can complete the form which will go to One Front Door and you will get one of two responses.

In order for this form to be processed it must be completed in full and consent must be provided (only if a child would be put at risk can a form be submitted without consent).

Urgent concerns regarding a child or young person’s mental health

If you have urgent concerns regarding a child or young person’s mental health, please call the duty team on (01302) 796 191.

Urgent safeguarding concerns

For urgent safeguarding concerns please call the Duty team, on 01302 737 777.

If this concern is not deemed to be immediate you will be asked to fill in this form.

Children's Safeguarding Referral Form

The Safeguarding Children Team at Highwoods includes:

Head Teacher responsible for implementing policies and procedures, allocating resources to the safeguarding team and addressing staff safeguarding concerns.

Name: Mr G Rhodes                                    Tel no:             01709 583273


Designated Safeguarding Lead a senior member of the leadership team, responsible for dealing with safeguarding issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the local authority, and working with other agencies. 

Name: Mr G Rhodes                                    Tel no:             01709 583273       


Deputy Safeguarding Lead a member of the teaching, support or pastoral staff, in a post which requires assessment of children, with sufficient status and authority to effectively deputise for the DSL role above.

Name:  Mrs H Mitchell                                  Tel no:             01709 583273


Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo): staff member who provides advice, liaison and support for school staff and other agencies working with pupils with special educational needs and their parents or carers. 

Name:   Mrs S Flint                                       Tel no:                         01709 583273

Learning Mentor:addresses difficulties preventing a child from reaching their full potential e.g. behaviour, attendance, achievement, timekeeping, homework, safeguarding issues, and develops strategies to overcome these barriers.

Name:  Mrs H Mitchell                                  Tel no:             01709 583273

Looked After Children (LAC) Designated Teacher: promotes the educational achievement of ‘looked after’ children who are on the school roll, and helps staff understand issues that affect how they learn and achieve.

Name: Mrs S Flint                                        Tel no:             01709 583273

e-safety Lead: to develop and maintain an e-safe culture within a school.

Name: Mr G Rhodes                                    Tel no:             01709 583273


Your Safeguarding Children Team also links in with the:

Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor: ensures there are appropriate safeguarding children policies and procedures in place, monitors whether they are followed and, together with the rest of the governing body, remedies deficiencies and weaknesses that are identified.

Name:  Mrs D. Dunn          Contact:     Tel no: 07798636732


Chair of the Academy Commitee: takes the lead in dealing with allegations of abuse made against the Head Teacher (and other members of staff when the Head Teacher is not available), in liaison with the Local Authority; and on safe recruitment practices with the Head Teacher.

Name:  Mrs D. Dunn          Contact:     Tel no: 07798636732