Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. School staff are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, promote children’s welfare and prevent concerns from escalating.

As a school we aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and;
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (previously CRB) check is required for all staff.

If you have any concerns about the safety of any child, please speak to a member of staff who you feel comfortable with. Alternatively, if your concerns are about the use of digital media, you can report incidents to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

Our Safeguarding Team

Vicky Smith - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Operation Encompass Key Adult

Rachael Hindle

Kelly Irvine

All our staff have been trained in dealing with the signs of abuse and they understand the important role they must play in protecting our pupils from harm. We follow a clear set of procedures when concerns arise, and matters are dealt with sensitively.

You can read our safeguarding policy below. 

Download our safeguarding policy. 

There are a number of support services available to our students and their families.

For additional information and advice on specific safeguarding areas, we have provided details below (taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE)


Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying (DfE) - Click here

Children with family members in Prison

National Information Centre on Children on Offenders - Barnardo’s in partnership with HM Prison and Probation Service


Information and advice on drugs – talk to Frank website

Online Safety Advice

Childnet – parent and carers toolkit

Internet Matters - provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.

Specialist services

Barnardo's - UK charity caring for and supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people through their range of services.

NSPCC - Children's charity specialising in child protection with statutory powers enabling them to take action and safeguard children.

Childline - provides free and confidential advice for children and young people.

Further links can also be found on our student wellbeing hub.

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