Definition and Key Staff

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment and safe from radicalisation.

Mr. D. Piercy, is responsible for monitoring the strategic and operational effectiveness of safeguarding.

Mrs. N. Lillywhite, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Mrs. M. Philp, Ms. H. Walden, Mrs. L. Rutter, Ms. J. Greenwood and Mr. S. Harrison are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL).

Safeguarding Contacts

If you have a safeguarding concern, please use one or more of the contacts below:

E-mail the DSL in the first instance -

E-mail the Local Authority -

To report your concerns to Southend Children's Single Point of Contact Team, you need to download and complete a request for service for, which can be found on Childrens Services – Information | Safeguarding Southend Partnership

Make a referral to the DfE’s counter-extremism division at


Policies and Documents

Click here for the Safeguarding Policy                    

Click here for the DfE's Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 

Click here for KCSIE 2023

Click here for KCSIE 2023 - (Part 1)


Click here for the DfE's What to do if you are Worried a Child is being Abused

Click here for the DfE's Keeping Children Safe from Harm - Advice to Parents

Click here for the Recruitment Policy   

Click here for the Code of Conduct (Staff) Policy

Click here for the Online Safety Policy   

Click here for the Low Level Concerns Policy 

Click here for guidance on Sexting

Click here for guidance on  Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Against Children 2018

Click here for the Whistleblowing Policy

Click here for guidance on SET Procedures

Extremism and Radicalisation

'Extremism' is a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable. It may include values and ideologies which may well be legal, but which could place people on a course towards supporting illegal, violent extremist views.

'Radicalisation' is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Children and young people have a natural curiosity which, as parents, we want to encourage. However, as our children grow up we have to take different steps to ensure their safety.

Currently a number of young people have been persuaded to leave the country against the wishes of their families, or in secret, putting themselves in extreme danger.

As a parent you may be worried about how extremism and radicalisation might affect your child. The following information may be useful in recognising the signs and supporting your child.

Click here for the DfE's Prevent Duty and Prevent Duty Guidance

Click here for the Parents' Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

Click here for the DfE's Use of Social Media in Radicalisation

Click here for the DfE's Education Against Hate

Click here for Victims of Terrorism Unit, which includes access to support services, including mental health and other medical services. 

Click here for Channel Programme Guidance

Click here for the NSPCC Blog on Supporting Children Worried about Terrorism

County Lines

'County Lines' refers to a type of criminal exploitation in which gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

Click here for Home Office guidance on County Lines


External Support

Is This OK? is a free, confidential, and anonymous, digital gateway for young people aged between 13-18 at risk of, or currently experiencing, sexual or criminal exploitation and/or abuse. The staff are trained professionals who want to help you through anything you are finding difficult. You can also contact us if you are worried that someone else is being treated badly or abused. It’s all free, confidential, and anonymous.


Private Fostering

Private fostering arrangements are made, privately, between two parties for a child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled). This arrangement would be with someone who is not a parent or close relative, and is due to last 28 days or more.

For further information, please refer to