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Safeguarding at The King's

The King's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.


The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sarah Milne, Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion (DSL and SENDCo).


Other staff trained in safeguarding and child protection matters are:

  1. Miss Beek (Pastoral Support Assistant)
  2. Mrs Williams (Student Support Manager)*
  3. Mrs Nevard (Deputy SENDCo)
  4. Miss Stanyer (Designated Teacher for Looked After, and Post-Looked After, Children)
  5. Mrs Verow (Executive Headteacher)
  6. Mr Wilson (Head of School)
  7. Mr Worthington (Associate Assistant Head: Inclusion & Post-16))


* Denotes named Deputy Safeguarding Lead.


The King's has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.


To promote a safe environment for students, The King's employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.


All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 2 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the Designated Safeguarding Lead.


All concerns are triaged upon receipt by one of the staff named above in school in compliance with HM ‘sharing of information’ guidance, March 2015.  Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team.  Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.


Student attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, Attend EDC (who the school commissions for education welfare support), Social Care and the school Safeguarding team.  The King's works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people.


If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at The King's, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our safeguarding team, who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.


The King's Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Sarah Milne, Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion (DSL and SENDCo)

Report a concern anonymously

The school has an anonymous reporting tool.  Any member of the school community (other than staff, governors and volunteers) - student, parent, carer, family member - may use this tool to share any concerns anonymously.  You can share concerns online, or you can share them via text message (chargeable at your usual network rate).  Upon sharing a concern, it is possible to engage in an anonymous chat process with the member of the safeguarding team who receives your concern.


Remember that if you believe someone is at immediate risk of harm you must dial 999.


The school will protect the anonymity of referrers.  Referrals can be made confidentially, but confidentiality in regards the concern being raised is not assured, not is it usually an option.

Pertinent guides from National Online Safety

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Useful contact numbers

The following numbers can be used to contact the referral services for higher levels of support in our closest local authorities.  Although the school is situated in Staffordshire, it is important that contact is made with the local authority in which the child resides if you wish to make a referral directly to social care.

Staffordshire 0800 131 3126
Cheshire East 0300 123 5012 (option 3)
Stoke-on-Trent 01782 235100


In the event of an emergency, do not contact any of the above numbers, call 999 immediately and ask for the police.

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