Safeguarding & Online Safety

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Everyone working at the de Ferrers Academy shares a common objective to keep children and young people safe by active contribution to, and participation in -

  • Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn, develop and feel safe.
  • Identifying children and young people who may be at risk of harm.
  • Working to support those children and young people identified as being in need or at risk of harm by collaboration with the safeguarding professionals who work across all three sites.
  • Commitment to active participation in all mandatory safeguarding training events as well as regular updates and briefings.

There are a number of designated trained staff working across our 3 sites. The DSL (designated safeguarding lead) is Kate Priestnall, based on Dove campus and who is also the Director of Safeguarding for the de Ferrers Academy Trust. In addition:

On Dove Campus we have the following DDSLs (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads): Dave Griffiths (SENDCO), Dave Lovell (Vice Principal and Head of Dove Campus), Collette Tunstall (Head of Year), Vicky Jordan (Assistant Head of Year), Jane Perry (Assistant Head of Year), Lyn Pountney (Head of Year), Amy Dakin (Health and Well-Being Advisor), Christine Rhodes (Assistant SENDCO).

On Trent Campus we have the following DDSLs: Kay Walsh (Safeguarding Coordinator) Greg Hand (Vice Principal and Head of Trent Campus) Emma Walton (Assistant SENDCO), Hannah Upton (Behaviour Support Officer), Conan Moran (Head of Year), Milly Bowering (Assistant Head of Year), Louise Mosedale (Assistant Head of Year), Sharon Dunsden (Inclusion Support Assistant), Sally Land (Careers Adviser), Sarah Glover (Designated teacher for Looked After Children) .

On the Sixth Form Campus we have the following DDSLs: Hannah Roberts (Vice Principal and Head of Sixth Form Campus), Karen Hulbert (Head of Year), Kim Hobson (Assistant Head of Year).

If you have any concerns in relation to safeguarding, please contact Kate Priestnall who has overall responsibility for safeguarding, failing that,  please contact one of the other staff named above.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All staff receive training on an annual basis and are kept informed of any updates as they emerge. The guidance we follow is Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2021 and Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018.

We have a number of policies in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment all of which can be found in the policies section of the website. The safeguarding policy is a trust wide policy and can be found below. In addition, The de Ferrers Academy has its own unique safeguarding annex to that policy which can also be found below. 

We work to support the governments Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism. Staff have specific training in this area and students are taught from the governments Educate Against Hate website: 

Educate Against HateThere is an ongoing programme of education for the students across the key stages, which focuses on enabling them to keep themselves safe whether at school, at home or on line.  

Training incorporates the ‘Thinkuknow’ materials produced by the National Crime Agency,  Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency (CEOP).

ThinkuknowIf you are subject to online abuse, exploitation or made to feel uncomfortable online by somethign that happens, you can contact the police via the CEOP Report Abuse button below and they will investigate:

CEOP PoliceThe lead DSL and some of the Deputy DSLs are available out of hours by email:

If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 999 immediately.

On the 25th June 2020 the Government produced an excellent resource: Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm during the Covid -19 period and beyond.

Government Advice

The de Ferrers Trust Safeguarding policy:     

Please click below for The de Ferrers Academy annex to the Trust Safeguarding policy.

Know how to stay safe online – advice and tools for parents and young people – in partnership with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council.

Know about CSE: ParentsKnow about CSE: Young PeopleThe 'What's the Problem' Parent Pack below by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation offers advice about issues relating to Online Safety and inappropriate images and material.

NSPCC Website