MAT Designated Safeguarding Lead (MDSL) for GLF Schools

Mark Leach Tel: 0208 716 4923 Mob: 07595 024234

GLF Safeguarding Team

Robin Cayley is the Trustee responsible for Safeguarding

Mark Leach is the MAT Designated Safeguarding Lead (MDSL) for GLF Schools

Strategic safeguarding team: Sarah Lynagh, Maria Cicero-Scott, Fiona Jarman, Russell Bennett & Natalie Broad. Each person on the team will have an area of responsibility and this will be linked to an action plan:

  1. Safeguarding policy & MAT practice - Mark Leach
  2. School practice & DSL training - Natalie Broad
  3. Governance & Health & Safety - Sarah Lynagh
  4. Safer recruitment & SCR - Maria Cicero-Scott
  5. Pupil voice & children’s safety council - Fiona Jarman
  6. GLF audits - Russell Bennett
  7. IT & E safety - Luke Nicolaou

Operational safeguarding team: MAT Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (MDDSLs ) support the training needs across GLF Schools.

Primary MDDSL: Natalie Broad, Denise Coady & Alister Moses

Secondary MDDSL: Helen Shaw & Louise Walker

HR safeguarding partners: Zoe Turnes & Carrie Woodville

GLF Schools Safeguarding Poster

To be displayed on the safeguarding noticeboard in all schools.

DSL Poster for GLF Schools Dec 2017.pdf

Safeguarding Overview

The GLF safeguarding policy is a central GLF policy which needs to be downloaded, personalise by the school and uploaded to the school website. The GLF policy is available here.

Every school needs to complete a GLF Schools safeguarding checklist and audit summary every year. A copy should be kept in the headteacher’s google drive shared with GLF.

A one page summary of school responsibilities regarding safeguarding is available on the GLF Schools website in the staff guidance section here.

A summary of the changes introduced in September 2016 to the KCSiE statutory guidance is now available on the GLF Schools website in the staff guidance area here.

To reflect KCSiE 2016 Ofsted have published a revised framework for inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings.

All government guidance on safeguarding children is available here.

Signs and Indicators


• Tired/listless

• Unkempt

• Poor hygiene

• Untreated medical conditions

•Medical appointments missed

•Constantly hungry or stealing food

•Over eats when food is available

• Poor growth

• Poor/late attendance

•Being regularly left alone or unsupervised

•Dressed inappropriately for the weather condition

•Having few friends and/or being withdrawn

•Ill equipped for school


• Failure to thrive

• Attention seeking

• Over ready to relate to others

• Low self esteem

• Apathy

• Depression/self harm

• Drink/drug/solvent abuse

• Persistently being over protective

• Constantly shouting at, threatening or demeaning a child

• Withholding love and affection

• Regularly humiliating a child


• Unexplained injuries

• Injuries on certain parts of the body

• Injuries in various stages of healing

• Injuries that reflect an article used

• Flinching when approached

• Reluctant to change

• Crying/ instability

• Afraid of home

• Behavioural extremes

• Apathy/depression

• Wanting arms and legs covered even in very hot weather


• Age inappropriate sexual behaviour/knowledge/ promiscuity

• Wary of adults/ running away from home

• Eating disorders/depression/ self harm

• Unexplained gifts/ money

• Stomach pains when walking or sitting

• Bedwetting

• Recurrent genital discharge

• Sexually transmitted diseases

Raising Concerns

Flow Chart for Raising Safeguarding Concerns About a Child


Managing Allegations Against Staff

A flow chart summary from Appendix 2 of the GLF Managing Allegations Against Staff policy. A copy of the policy is available here.

APPENDIX 2 Managing Allegations Against Staff Flow Chart Diagram.pdf

Safeguarding Record of Concern Form

To be used to record details of any safeguarding concern. This form is forms part of the appendix to the GLF Schools safeguarding policy.



GLF Schools Internet Filtering

This summary guidance details what internet filtering is in place across GLF schools. If Ofsted calls it is important that the Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is fully aware of this document.

GLF Schools Internet Filtering Summary Guidance April 2017.pdf

Handy size Internet Safety Parents' Leaflet (SWGfL)

This pocket size leaflet gives parents and carers ideas to consider and useful links on the following topics:

  • Gaming
  • Bullying
  • Live Streaming
  • Apps
  • Instant Messaging

You can download the leaflet here

Child Safety on YouTube: Parent Factsheet

YouTube e-Safety Factsheet

Keeping Up to Date

GLF Update

A regular bi-weekly GLF Update goes out to all GLF leaders. Within the update is a dedicated section on safeguarding. All Dedicated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs ) and Safeguarding Governors need to sign receive a copy of the update and need to read the safeguarding section to keep up to date with the latest information.

Sign up to the mailing list here

Back issues are available here.

Surrey Safeguarding Updates

To keep professionals who work with children up to date with the latest developments in safeguarding children, the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) issues regular newsletters. Publications can be viewed here

Safeguarding in Schools

Get the free weekly Safeguarding Briefing.

Helping schools and colleges do all they can to keep children safe in education. The safeguarding briefing provides practical information and resources for anyone with responsibility for safeguarding. Join here.

Read the latest articles

Safeguarding Across the Curriculum


The latest statutory guidance for KCSIE states that 'Schools should ensure children are taught about safeguarding'.

A range of supporting documents for PHSE including 'Relationships and Sex Education' and 'Drug Education' is available through the Surrey Healthy Schools website here and a summary list from Babcock is here.

The PSHE Association provides an outline programme of study for key stages 1-5

PiXL Edge provides a systematic framework to enable schools to develop and capture the student attitudes, attributes and skills. The programme is for students from aged 4 to 18 and they progress through 7 levels (Foundation, Contender, Champion, Apprentice, Graduate, Master).

Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme to provide a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6.

PSHE Education Programme of Study (Key stage 1-5) Jan 2017_2.pdf


E-Aware help schools to assess children’s online behaviour, identify risk, and deliver safeguarding so that young people are able to use technology safely. Interactive online assessments test e-safety awareness and identify behavioural risk (by class, year, key stage or school)

Online-safety books for Early Years and Primary Schools (London Grid for Learning)

Children are exposed to the internet from a very young age and online safety messages can be found in a range of picture books. Amongst the LGfL's many resources is a list of online safety selected by Liverpool senior school improvement officer, Paul Bradshaw.

Read about the books here:

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain: Teaching children gender equality, respect, respectful relationships, empowerment, diversity, leadership, recognising bullying behaviours and prevention of violence

You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours


Young Person’s Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children


Educare Online Training for ALL Staff

Safeguarding Training

All GLF staff need to have completed the online Educare safeguarding training. The DSL is responsible for ensuring this is completed in each school.

Courses should be completed within two weeks of receiving email instructions from educare.

Compulsory courses are child protection in education and safeguarding young people (secondary only) and the prevent duty .

Running Reports on EduCare_Schools.pdf

Pupil Tracking

Local Authority Pupil Tracking Officers

The Pupil Tracking Officer is a designated officer with responsibility for Children Missing Education. They work with schools to identify children and young people who have left a school without a confirmed destination. They liaise with partner agencies and other local authorities, firstly to establish the family’s new address, and then to ensure that a school application is made and the young person moves into new educational provision. Schools should contact the LA Pupil Tracking Officer if a pupil has left school without a confirmed destination or moves abroad/out of borough and is known to children's services . Head teachers should inform the Pupil Tracking Officer and the child’s social worker immediately a child subject to a Child Protection Plan is missing.

Oxfordshire Pupil Tracking Procedures

Alan Blackmore Pupil Tracking Officer Social Inclusion Team Third Floor, County Hall New Road Oxford OX1 1ND Telephone: 01865 810515

Surrey Education Welfare:

Susan Strank - 0208 541 9313 or

Wokingham Child Missing from Education

West Sussex Child Missing from Education

Removing a pupil from the school roll.docx

Rethinking 'Did Not Attend'

Nottingham Safeguarding Children Board have released an animated video to raise awareness that recording a child's non-attendance at a clinic or appointment may be masking issues of neglect, instead the failure to see the child should be recorded as 'Was Not Brought'.

Whistle Blowing - The NSPCC whistleblowing helpline poster should be displayed in all schools.

GLF Schools Whistleblowing Policy

GLF Whistleblowing Policy 2016.doc

Safeguarding Forum

The GLF safeguarding forum meets termly with the expectation that at least one DSL/DDSL is sent from each school. The purpose of the forum is:

• Developing best practice throughout the GLF Schools

• Developing a consistent approach throughout GLF Schools

• Reviewing new directives from the DfE, Ofsted and other relevant agencies and their impact on school processes and procedures

• Review of Child Protection Policy in order that it becomes a live working document. The Policy remains a GLF Policy that is agreed by the Board.

• Training and CPD of staff – each school could host a ½ termly catch up session

• Collaboration to promote outstanding safeguarding arrangements in all GLF Schools through sharing of knowledge and resources

Safeguarding Audit

GLF Schools are currently spread across 4 local authorities many of which send out their own annual safeguarding audit for our schools to complete every year. Although it is a statutory requirement for maintained schools to complete, this is not the case for academies. To ensure consistency across all GLF Schools we have produced a GLF Schools Safeguarding Checklist and a GLF Safeguarding Audit Summary for all our school to complete. Schools should not complete the Local Authority safeguarding audit, only the GLF one.

The Headteacher, SBM, DSL/Deputy DSL, Safeguarding Governor should be involved in completing the the checklist. It must be presented to and ratified by the LGB. The audit should be completed and uploaded by 28 February 2017 into the Headteacher’s school google folder. The GLF Schools Safeguarding Audit Checklist should be used to complete the GLF Schools Safeguarding Audit Summary. Only areas identified as Red or Amber should be noted in the audit summary which should also be kept in the Headteacher's school google folder.

Guidance for Governors

The UKCCIS Education Group has recently developed and published guidance for school governors to help governing bodies support their school leaders to keep children safe online.

Governors can use it to:

  • gain a basic understanding of the school’s current approach to keeping children safe online;
  • learn how to improve this approach where appropriate;
  • find out about tools which can be used to improve the approach.

The document explores five key questions for Governors to use to facilitate discussions with Headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads to help them ensure schools are fulfilling their statutory safeguarding requirements and also to help collate evidence ready for inspection.

Online Safety Guidance_for_School_Governors_-_Question_list.pdf

Thames Valley Police Teacher Resource Kits

With prevention in mind, we have pulled together a series of interventions for educational establishments. These interventions are intended to support professionals with the delivery of topics that will help develop a basic level of knowledge and understanding of risk awareness in our children to help them make informed healthy choices to stay safe.

The interventions cover both primary and secondary ages and although some of the materials have a financial cost, many don’t, so please take a look and see what you can use to ensure your students stay safe and don’t become the next victim.

**At the bottom of the list (on the above link) there is a section available for parents and a kids corner, please feel free to let your children and parents know this site exists so we can all help keep our children safe.

(Please note this is just a selection of material available to assist in these areas, Hampshire Police also have a fantastic selection of lesson plans available for your use, they can be found following this link

Keeping schools safe from abuse, threats and violence

The GLF Schools policy sets out how schools should respond to abusive, threatening or violent behaviour which will not be tolerated. The Surrey guidance for schools gives template examples of letters that could be sent.

GLF Behaviour towards staff by parents carers and students.doc
Keeping-schools-safe from abuse theats and Violence-FINAL-VERSION-2012 Surrey.pdf

Childcare Disqualification GLF Guidance

GLF Childcare Disqualification Declaration Form

This form is to be completed by all new staff before commencement of employment and all volunteers and completed by all staff and volunteers on an annual basis at the commencement of the autumn term

Template Declaration Form 2017.docx

GLF Childcare Disqualification Guidance

2 GLF Disqualification Employer Guidance July2017.doc

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools prior to 9am the following day, when a child or young person has been involved in or been exposed to a domestic incident. The information is given to a trained ‘Key Adult’ within the school. The child can then be supported with silent or overt support.

When the police attend at any domestic incident there is a statutory obligation for them to obtain victim information including details of all children witnessing or exposed to domestic abuse. There is also a responsibility for the police to share the information to protect the victims.

The Surrey system will go live on Wednesday 28th June 2017. The identified 'Key Adult,' who will be the DSL in most cases, will be notified by secure email (DSL@...) which will be used solely for the purposes of Operation Encompass, MASH enquiries and MASH feedback.

Further details are available here.

FAQs available here.

Dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff

Statutory guidance from the Department for Education. Schools, local authorities and FE colleges should have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to handling allegations against teachers and other staff.


As part of the primary headteacher strategy day on 22 June a safeguarding presentation was given by an external safeguarding expert Ann Marie ( A pdf copy of the slides is available here. Notes on the slides are available here.

Safeguarding Contact Numbers


LADO Local Authority Designated Officer[1]

Tel: 020 8726 6000 Ext.84322


Croydon Childrens’ MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub) Consultation Team[2]

Tel: 0208 726 6400

Urgent need for a safeguarding response? call 0208 255 2888

• Need advice about whether a referral is appropriate? call the Safeguarding Consultation line – 020 8726 6464

• To make a written referral go to – select ‘Report it’ and then ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding’

• Offline option: (if you have secure e mail) or

Safeguarding Referral Form

Croydon Safeguarding Children Board

If you need any further information, please contact the MASH team direct using the address.


LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

Tel: 01865 815956 ( Barry Armstrong)


Oxford Childrens’ MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub) Consultation Team

Tel: 0845 050 7666

Children’s Social Care Team[3]

Oxford City – 01865 328563

North Oxfordshire (including Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Carterton and Woodstock) – 01865 323039

South Oxfordshire (including Faringdon, Wantage, Thame, Didcot and Henley) – 01865 323041

Emergency Duty Team – 0800 833 408

Oxford Safeguarding Children Board



Availability: Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm

Phone: 0300 470 9100


Please use email when sending a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) to make a referral.

· For concerns for a child or young person: (For secure email accounts, please use:

· For concerns for an adult: (For secure email accounts, please use:

Out of hours phone: 01483 517898 to speak to our emergency duty team.

However, if you do not have a MARF and are concerned about the safety of a child, young person or an adult, contact us on 0300 470 9100.

LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

Tel: 0300 123 1650

Email: or for secure emails

Children’s Social Care Team

North East Area tel: 0300 123 1610

South East Area tel:0300 123 1620

North West Area tel: 0300 123 1630

South West Area tel: 0300 123 1640

Emergency Duty Team tel: 01483 517898

Safeguarding Referral Form

Surrey Safeguarding Children Board



LADO Local Authority Designated Officer


Children’s Social Care Team

Sutton Mash Tel: 020 8649 0418/0419/0420

Out of Hours Tel: 020 8770 5000

Safeguarding Referral Form

Sutton Safeguarding Children Board


LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

Tel: 0118 9746141


Children’s Social Care Team

Referral and assessment team tel: 0118 908 8002. Email:

Emergency Duty Team tel: 01344 786 543

Safeguarding Referral Form

Wokingham Safeguarding Children Board

West Sussex


LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

The LADO for West Sussex County Council is Lindsey Tunbridge-Adams

Tel: 0330 222 3339 Email:

The Assistant LADO is Claire Coles

Tel: 0330 222 3339 Email:

Children’s Social Care Team

Children’s Access Point tel: 01403 229900 Email:

Emergency Duty Team tel: 0330 222 6664

Safeguarding Referral Form

West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board



LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

Tel: 01865 815956 ( Alison Beasley)


Children’s Social Care Team

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Tel: 0845 0507666

Safeguarding Referral Form

Safeguarding Children Board

[1] Gives advice and guidance to employers and others who are concerned about an adult who works with children

[2] A safeguarding consultation line to provide safeguarding advice and consultation to professionals who would like to discuss the concerns they may have about a child/family. This is for safeguarding advice only

[3] To discuss and already open case