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There is a strong culture of keeping pupils safe in the school – Ofsted 2017


At Castle View school we work tirelessly to ensure our students are safeguarded from harm. As a School we and our staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we make sure our approach is child-centred. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Safeguarding of children is;

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Our school also works in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:

Keeping children safe in education (DfE, 2020)

Children and social work act (2017) Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015)

Children Act (1989)

Children Act (2004)

Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations (2006)

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (HMG, 2018)

Data Protection Act (2018)

Promoting positive emotional well being and reduce the risk of suicide (ESCB 2018)

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (HMG, 2015)

Working Together (HMG, 2018)

Serious Crime Act 2015 (Home Office, 2015)

Searching, screening and confiscation (DfE, 2018)

Preventing and Tackling Bullying (DfE, 2017),

Keeping pupils and staff safe – management of behavior in schools , including use of physical contact and restrictive/non-restrictive physical intervention to address difficult and harmful behavior (ESCB, 2018)

Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (S. 74 – Serious Crime Act 2015)

Sexual Offences Act (2003)

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

All of these documents are available online.

We have included this link to the NSPCC site to support you with further information and advice on keeping children safe. Included here is useful information on staying safe online.

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe

Home – Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

Zenith Minds

Roles and responsibilities

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them and to provide a safe environment in which they can learn and achieve their full potential.  However, there are key people within schools and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures.  The names of those in our school with these specific responsibilities (the designated safeguarding lead and deputy designated safeguarding lead) are:



NAME:                                      Mr D Boughtwood

CONTACT NUMBER:             01268 696811

EMAIL:                                      Safeguarding@castleviewschool.co.uk / Dan.Boughtwood@castleviewschool.co.uk




NAME:                                      Mrs D Merry

CONTACT NUMBER:             01268 696811

EMAIL:                                      Safeguarding@castleviewschool.co.uk / Donna.Merry@castleviewschool.co.uk




NAME:                                      Miss E Hobbs

CONTACT NUMBER:             01268 696811

EMAIL:                                      Safeguarding@castleviewschool.co.uk



SGodfreyNAME:                                      Mrs S Godfrey

CONTACT NUMBER:             01268 696811

EMAIL:                                     Safeguarding@castleviewschool.co.uk




NAME:                                   Mr S Durkin     





If you have safeguarding concerns whilst school is shut down please contact one of the above team members.

If you feel a child is at immediate risk you can call the Family Operation Hub directly on 0345 603 7627

Alternatively, please see below a list of agencies that may be able to help.

Kooth – www.kooth.com
STEM4 – www.stem4.org.uk
Childline – www.childline.org.uk – 0800 1111
Mental Health Foundation – www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Beat Eating Disorder – www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk – 0808 801 0677
Stamp out Suicide – www.stampoutsuicide.co.uk/ – 07766808222
Cruse – www.cruse.org.uk – 0808 808 1677
Open Road – www.openroad.org.uk – 0844 499 1323
Glow Mentoring – www.southendymca.org.uk/glow – 01702 301 01
Young Minds – www.youndminds.org.uk – 0808 8025544
XenZone – www.xenzone.com/ – 0845 330 7090
Samaritians – www.samaritans.org/ – 116 123
Yellow Door – www.yellow-door.net/ – 01223 328051


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (and Deputy)

The designated safeguarding lead in school takes lead responsibility for managing child protection referrals, safeguarding training and raising awareness of all child protection policies and procedures. They ensure that everyone in school (including temporary staff, volunteers and contractors) is aware of these procedures and that they are followed at all times.  They act as a source of advice and support for other staff (on child protection matters) and ensure that timely referrals to Essex Children’s Social Care (Family Operations Hub) are made in accordance with current Southend, Essex & Thurrock (SET) procedures.  They work with the local authority and other agencies as required.

If for any reason the designated safeguarding lead is unavailable, the deputy designated safeguarding lead will act in their absence. If the concern is about a member of staff the head teacher must be informed. If it is about the Headteacher you must contact the chair of governors or the LADO.

If Parents have any concerns they should contact the school and ask for a member of the CastleView safeguarding team or alternatively email safeguarding@castleview.essex.sch.uk

If a child is immediate danger then you should call the police.

The Headteacher

The Head teacher works in accordance with the requirements upon all school staff.  In addition, he ensures that all safeguarding policies and procedures adopted by the governing body are followed by all staff.

All school staff

Everyone is our school has a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment in which our children can learn.  All staff members are prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help and understand their role within this process.  This includes identifying any emerging problems so appropriate support may be provided and liaising with the designated safeguarding lead to report any concerns.  All staff members are aware of and follow school processes and are aware of how to make a referral to Social Care if there is a need to do so.

The governing body

The governing body ensures that the policies, procedures and training in our school are effective and comply with the law at all times.  It ensures that all required policies relating to safeguarding are in place and that the child protection policy reflects statutory and local guidance and is reviewed at least annually.

The governing body ensures there is a named designated safeguarding lead and deputy safeguarding lead in place.

The governing body ensures the school contributes to inter-agency working, in line with statutory and local guidance.  It ensures that information is shared and stored appropriately and in accordance with statutory requirements.

The governing body ensures that all staff members undergo safeguarding and child protection training at induction and that it is then regularly updated.  All staff members receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates, at least annually, to provide them with the relevant skills and knowledge to keep our children safe.

The governing body ensures that children are taught about safeguarding, including online, ensuring that that appropriate filters and monitoring systems for online usage are in place.   Our children will be taught how to keep themselves safe through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

The governing body and school leadership team are responsible for ensuring the school follows recruitment procedures that help to deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children.  It adheres to statutory responsibilities to check adults working with children and has recruitment and selection procedures in place (see the school’s ‘Safer Recruitment’ policy for further information).  It ensures that volunteers are appropriately supervised in school.



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Leaders in Safeguarding

Leaders in Safeguarding provides quality assurance and specialist support, advice, training and scrutiny of safeguarding arrangements in education, health, social care and leisure settings.

Our team of experts from the fields of education, health, social care and statutory inspection will help you ensure a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults by:

  • providing specialist and experienced consultants to audit and scrutinise your safeguarding arrangements, systems and practice
  • supporting you to develop dynamic safeguarding action plans
  • improving safeguarding policy and practice within your organisation
  • helping you prepare for statutory inspection via pre-inspection safeguarding health checks
  • delivering first class training in safeguarding and Prevent that equips staff with the knowledge and skills to raise awareness of the risks of radicalisation and extremism in schools and colleges
  • helping you to write critical incident plans for schools, colleges, health, social care or leisure settings
  • ensuring policies, systems and practices are up-to-date and effective in dealing with bomb threats in schools, colleges, health, social care and leisure settings
  • providing support with implementing the Prevent duty in colleges, schools etc. and conduct Prevent risk assessments in education
  • facilitating workshops to raise awareness of Prevent (WRAP) for colleges
  • supporting you with annual safeguarding audits
  • helping with annual ‘safeguarding children and young adults reports’ to governors
  • advising on safeguarding documentation for education, health, social care, sports and leisure industry
  • scrutinising safeguarding and e-safety policies in education, health and leisure settings
  • advising on anti-bullying policy for education
  • advising on health action plans for schools, colleges and clubs
  • providing training and support for designated safeguarding lead and designated safeguarding officers
  • ensuring effective governance arrangements in safeguarding and child protection
  • advising on information sharing and accountability in child protection and safeguarding
  • scrutinising ‘whistleblowing’ arrangements in child care and schools, colleges and health and social care and recommending improvement where appropriate

Leaders in Safeguarding recognises your role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We take seriously the statutory and moral duty that exists to protect and promote the wellbeing of individuals accessing health, education and social care provision by providing:

  • Scrutiny of safeguarding systems and practice
  • Policy development and practical advice
  • Expert consultants and First Class training
  • Support and challenge to improve quality

What we do

Our approved safeguarding consultants visit organisations to assess the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements. This involves close examination of recruitment, training, policies and procedures as well as observation of day to day practice and routine.

A full audit is conducted and a detailed report is produced.

Once this has been completed the safeguarding consultant presents their assessment and report to the Leaders in Safeguarding scrutiny and validation panel for approval.

The Leaders in Safeguarding panel consists of expert professionals from health, education, social care and statutory inspection sectors.

Organisations meeting statutory requirements and the Leaders in Safeguarding Standard are approved for the Leaders in Safeguarding quality mark.

The Leaders in Safeguarding Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports achievement in highly effective and robust safeguarding arrangements. It is awarded to organisations in recognition of their provision, practice and commitment to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe. The award is valid for two years.




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