Safeguarding at Brayton

Updated October 2021

School Staff and Governor Information

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Latest Safeguarding Information

This leaflet contains links to the latest government guidance to keep your safeguarding knowledge up to date. If you find anything that you think would be important to share, please send the link to the Headteacher's email address.

Please click on the link to read the Starmat Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

STARMAT Safeguarding Training Powerpoint

This is a really useful Powerpoint containing all the relevant links needed.

Who are the Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs)?

Contacting the DSLs

By email:

Rachel Robinson

Victoria Burnell

If not available - advice can be sought from

Alison Clayton

Safeguarding Governor

The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Pat Jarvis. You can contact her by email:

Pat Jarvis

What is their role?

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Leader was specified in the Children's Act 2004 and ensured that every organisation had a 'named person' for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer.

The Designated Safeguarding Leader has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day-to-day basis.

Key Aspects of the Designated Leader role includes:

  • Making sure all staff are aware of how to raise safeguarding concerns.
  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
  • Referring any concerns to social care.
  • Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans.
  • Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records.

What to do if you have a Safeguarding concern

'Doing nothing is NOT an option.'

If you have any concerns about any adult or child in the school community, you must

1) raise your concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Leads - either by phone or face to face.

2) Login to CPOMS and make an Incident Report.

If the safeguarding concerns involves either Rachel or Vicky, contact Pat Jarvis, the Safeguarding Governor.

It CAN happen here. Please click on the link below to read about what can happen when there is institutional neglect:

Somerset Serious Case review

Grooming behaviour

The Somerset Serious Case review

A great deal went wrong at the school in Somerset. Amongst other things, the failure to safeguard the children in the above case happened largely due to staff at the school ignoring the grooming behaviour of the Teacher in question.

Teachers should avoid any behaviour which can be remotely misconstrued as grooming behaviour:

Grooming is when a person engages in predatory conduct to prepare a child or young person for sexual activity at a later time.

Grooming can include communicating and/or attempting to befriend or establish a relationship or other emotional connection with the child or their parent/carer.

Young people are often 'groomed' before they are sexually abused. At first they may be tricked into thinking they are in a safe and normal relationship so they may not know it’s happening or may feel they have no choice but to be abused.

It may be hard to identify when someone is being groomed until after they have been sexually abused, because grooming behaviour can sometimes look like ‘normal’ caring behaviour, however this is not always the case.​

Examples of grooming behaviour may include:

  • giving gifts or special attention to a child or young person, or their parent or carer, making the child or young person feel special and/or indebted to an adult
  • making close physical contact sexual, such as inappropriate tickling and wrestling/play fighting
  • openly or pretending to accidentally expose the victim to nudity, sexual material and sexual acts (this in itself is classified as child sexual abuse but can also be a precursor to physical sexual assault)
  • controlling a child or young person through threats, force or use of authority making the child or young person fearful to report unwanted behaviour.

Groomers may rely on mobile phones, social media and the internet to interact with children in inappropriate ways and will often ask the child to keep their relationship a secret. The grooming process may continue for months before the offender arranges a physical meeting.

More information can be found here:

Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming

When to call the Police

The link below will take you to a very helpful document about whistle blowing and when to call the Police.

When to call the Police

What happens when you raise a concern.

DSL reviews the concern and makes a decision about next steps:

  1. Class teacher and DSL monitor the child within an agreed timescale.
  2. DSL discuss the concern with the parents / carers and then either monitor the child or move to step number three below.
  3. DSL make a referral to Social Care.

What next?

The DSL will log all actions on CPOMS and may return to the staff member for further discussion.

Those members of staff who need to know further details will be informed and receive CPOMS alerts.

All documentation relevant to the case will be saved only on CPOMS. Paper copies will not be held.

Referral Contact Details

Children's Social Care

01609 780780


In exceptional circumstances, concerns may be referred directly to Children's Social Care.


Staff - please click on the CPOMS logo to take you to your login page.

Important Safeguarding Links

Please click on the images to visit the sites.

Keeping Children Safe In Education Document

Please ensure that you have read this documentation

  • Keeping Children Safe In Education
  • Keeping Children Safe In Education Annex A (within the above document)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1
  • working Together to Safeguard Children

These are the most important documents to read and refer to if needed. Everyone who works or volunteers in our school MUST read them to keep our children safe. The latest versions of these documents can be downloaded below.

An updated version of KCSIE comes into force in September 2021

Please ensure that you have read this new version

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Please click on the link below to access the document:

Working Together

Staff and Governors working in school

It's vital that all staff behave in a safe and protective manner towards the children. Safeguarding is part of legal duties and as such it is enshrined in law.

Please click on the links below to read official documentation relating to the conduct of staff and Governors in school.

Starmat Staff Code of Conduct

Starmat Trustees and Governors Code of Conduct

Starmat Gifts and Hospitality Policy

Starmat Confidentiality Policy

Starmat Information Protection Policy

Starmat Whistle blowing Policy and Procedures

Starmat Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy

Starmat Addendum to Child Protection Policy - Covid 19

North Yorkshire information on safer working practice

Domestic Abuse

Please follow the link below and complete the short training session on protecting children from Domestic Abuse.

Domestic Abuse Training

Supporting children who have experienced trauma

The Prevent Duty

What is the Prevent Duty?

Please click on the image for more information.

Rachel Robinson has completed training on the Prevent Duty.


As a school, we actively promote good attendance and tackle persistent absence. We have the following 'non-negotiables' for each teacher:

  • Always speak to the admin team if you have any questions relating to a child in your class.
  • Always pass on messages to the admin team relating to attendance.
  • Follow up and report any children who are persistently absent from school through verbal communication withe the DSLs.

Click on the image to read the Dfe guidance on Children Missing Education

Talking about Safeguarding with children

It's important that we take the time to talk about Safeguarding with our children and reflect on what they say. Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. Do you feel safe in school?
  2. Who would you go to if you didn't feel safe? What would they do?
  3. What does our school do to keep you safe?
  4. What could school do to improve how we keep you safe?

Everyone's Invited

From the Everyone's Invited website:

Rape culture exists when thoughts, behaviours, & attitudes in a society or environment have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. When behaviours like ‘upskirting’ or the non-consensual sharing of intimate photos are normalised this acts as a gateway to criminal acts such as sexual assault and rape. Behaviours such as misogyny, slut shaming, victim blaming, and sexual harassment create an environment where sexual violence and abuse can exist and thrive. All behaviours, attitudes, thoughts and experiences in this culture are interconnected.

In June 2020, Soma Sara the founder of this movement began sharing her personal experience rape culture via Instagram. Immediately, she received a number of messages from not only those who felt that her experiences strongly resonated with their own, but also those who detailed their own stories of misogyny, harassment, abuse and assault. Within a week she received and shared over 300 anonymous responses, reaching over 10,000 people. These stories provide a vital education on the complex and pervasive reality of rape culture. We urge you to read through every story.

This movement was created in response to these stories that reveal the urgent need to tackle these deeply entrenched patterns of abuse that exist all around us.

Ofsted review and recommendations following review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Child exploitation - County Lines

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend. Please click on the link below for more information.

County Lines

Cyber Safety

Keeping children safe online

The websites below are shared with our community through fliers, social media and the school website.


If you haven't already done so, please click on the link to confirm by electronic form that you have read all the essential Safeguarding Documentation.

Essential Safeguarding Documentation Confirmation

Thank you for keeping our children safe.

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