Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection is at the heart of everything we do at Highfield School.  It is important to us that our students are safe whilst at school and our procedures to ensure this are:

  1. We have a secure gate system that is monitored by CCTV.
  2. All visitors sign in at reception and are given a visitors badge before they are allowed access to any area of the school.  They are given a guide that explains the procedures within the school and are not left unsupervised at any time.  Any supply staff or visitors who will be accessing classroom areas will be asked to sign the Professional Code of Conduct document, a copy will be given to them and a copy saved for our records.
  3. Visitors not wearing a badge or moving about the site unsupervised will be challenged
  4. Visitors to our school or website who are concerned in any way about a student's safety should make their concerns known to our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL):
  • Senior DSL Miss Joanne Kiernan Head Teacher - responsibilities; whistleblowing, serious case supervision, DSL supervision
  • Strategic Leadership DSL Mrs Rebecca Thompson Deputy Headteacher  - responsibilities; DSL supervision and caseloads, day to day strategic overview of safeguarding.
  • Deputy DSL Mr David Dixon Assistant Head Teacher - responsibilities; LAC Children, E-Safety, case supervision, DSL supervision and caseloads
  • DSL Lynn Catchpole Parent Support Adviser - responsibilities; day to day management of case loads
  • DSL Kirsty Barr Parent Support Adviser - responsibilities; day to day management of case loads
  • DSL Emma Sutherland Parent Support Adviser - responsibilities; day to day management of Post-16 caseloads
  • DSL Tracy Marsh Lead Behaviour for Learning Mentor - responsibilities; day to day management of case load
  • Admin Support (DSL) Pauline Mincher and Demelza Gosnay - responsibilities electronic recording of case files

Please use the school's contact us section of the website and ask to be contacted by one of our DSL case workers if you do have any worries.  For further help and guidance with online safety please see our E-Safety Section on the website.

All policies related to Safeguarding and Child Protection can be found below, our pupils have also written child friendly policies that are displayed in their classroom and form part of their own safety curriculum.