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Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.


Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s mental and physical health and development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome


Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.


All staff are responsible for:

  • creating a safe and nurturing environment within the school  
  • wearing their staff ID at all times
  • following school procedure when inviting visitors to the school
  • being vigilant at all times, contributing to a whole school culture of vigilance
  • being aware and noticing the signs of abuse, neglect or any other form maltreatment in students
  • role modelling the highest standards of positive language and conduct
  • challenging sexist, racist, homophobic and any other discriminatory language
  • reporting any concerns to a member of the safeguarding team


Students should also report any unsafe or concerning situations, and can speak to any member of staff if they feel unsafe or worried.


Students, parents/carers and staff can report any concerns to

All reports are taken seriously and treated in confidence. 


For more details please see our policy

CLAT Early Help, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Identified key adults in school and in the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Michelle Matthias
  • Deputy DSL - Gary Partridge, Deborah Gallagher
  • Safeguarding Link Governor - Katrin Harrow
  • Newham Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Nick Pratt
  • 0203 373 3803


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