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  • Child Protection
    Child Protection

We believe that in order for young people to thrive they must feel confident, relaxed and secure. Wellbeing is at the heart of Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form.

We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all members of our community, which includes students and their families. Sometimes factors beyond a student's control can impact on their life in the school or students can find it hard to manage their emotions and their behaviour. These issues must not become a barrier to their achievement and the achievement of others.

There are many ways we can help, from our school counselling team, useful advice or working alongside external agencies.

If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare then please contact the school by emailing safeguarding@notleyhigh.com

Please be aware that this email address is only monitored during office hours. If you have an urgent safeguarding concern outside of office hours, support can be accessed via the following services:

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999.

Essex Children’s Social Care: out of hours or bank holidays, please call the emergency duty team on 0345 606 121

Essex Safeguarding Children Board: www.escb.co.uk/parentcarer/

EWMHS (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service). For urgent or out of hours help: 0300 555 1200

Childline: 0800 1111

Give Us A Shout: www.giveusashout.org or text SHOUT to 85258

Kooth: www.kooth.com

 Mrs Melanie Townsend, Assistant Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Melanie Townsend
Deputy Headteacher 
 Miss Katie Murdoch, RSL Year 7
Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead
Miss Katie Murdoch
Raising Standards Leader
 Ms Caroline Watson, Student Support Officer
Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead
Ms Caroline Watson
Student Support Officer 

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.

Policy Aims

Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. We are committed to:

  • Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum (which we teach weekly in a lesson called PDT – Personal Development Time) for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.

We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education.

Looked After Children (LAC)

Every school has a designated teacher for looked after children. Foster carers, residential workers and social workers should make Mrs Wager, Assistant Headteacher, their first point of contact for advice.

The Education of Looked After Children team is also available for advice and support.

Contact the Department for Education

General enquiries

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom

Contact Form: General enquiries

Telephone: 0370 000 2288

Fax: 0161 600 1332

The national helpline is open between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm, although you may get a quicker answer by calling between 9am and 10am, or between 4pm and 5pm.