Safeguarding & Child Protection

Central to Mill Green’s ethos is the commitment that all young people who attend our school should be able to learn and develop in a safe, caring and supportive environment. At Mill Green, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we ensure that it permeates all aspects of school life. Our staff receive regular training to ensure they are vigilant for any safeguarding concerns, including abuse, neglect, bullying or extremist behaviour, including the PREVENT duty.  

We have clear procedures for the recording and reporting of incidents where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified and appropriate action is always taken.  Our Child Protection Policy can be accessed via the policy section, or the link at the bottom of this page.

Adele Beresford-Smith is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). She is responsible for day-to-day safeguarding and child protections procedures in school. Mill Green also has three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Cath King (Deputy Headteacher), Cassie Surrey (Deputy Headteacher) and Hilary Wells (Behaviour Team). Sean Lenahan, our Headteacher is responsible for any safeguarding concerns which are related to a member of staff in our school and works with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) where such concerns are raised.  The Governor designated for Child Protection is Marie Quirk, who is also the Chair of the Governing Body.

We ensure that we prevent unsuitable people from working in our school by ensuring that all adults who regularly work with young people (including students and volunteers) undergo a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check.   

Visitors to the school must sign in at reception. They are issued with a photographic identity badge which must be work and be visible during their visit.  Visitors and temporary staff are given a Safeguarding Code of Conduct which informs them of our safeguarding arrangements, including how to raise concerns and who with.  

Mill Green also works with Operation Encompass, an early intervention partnership between the Police and Education. Where there has been an incident of domestic abuse which involves one of our young people, we are alerted to this. This enables us to provide the highest levels of support to the young person when they are in school. 

If you have concerns about the health, safety or welfare of a young person at Mill Green School, you should report this to a member of the safeguarding team immediately.  

Additional Resources

Please see below a range of links and resources which will provide you with information about key and current safeguarding risks to young people including how you can support them at home.

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