Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children and young people from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of their health or development
  • Ensuring that they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Enabling them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully

Our Safeguarding Commitment

At Brannel School we are committed to ensuring that our students and staff are protected from abuse and harm. We have a culture of safeguarding that supports effective arrangements to:

  • Identify students who may need early help or who are at risk of neglect, abuse, grooming or exploitation
  • Help students reduce their risk of harm by securing the support they need, or referring in a timely way to those who have the expertise to help
  • Manage safe recruitment and allegations about adults who may be a risk to students

We have a comprehensive Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and associated procedures in place to ensure that safeguarding issues are dealt with efficiently and appropriately. This can be found on the School Policies page of this website.

All staff, including our support staff, visitors, and volunteers are made aware of our procedures. Training of all staff is updated each year. The full policy should be read by every member of teaching and non-teaching staff and will be circulated at the beginning of each academic year.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless there is reason to believe that this is not in the student’s best interests.

Who to Contact to Make a Disclosure

If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think the child may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share the information promptly with our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead or, in their absence, a member of our safeguarding team:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Assistant Headteacher
Mr John Doherty  01726 822485  [email protected]

Deputy DSL and Student Welfare Officer  
Mrs Caroline Hunt  01726 822485 [email protected]

Deputy DSL and Pastoral Manager
Mrs Jordan Nash 01726 822485 [email protected]

Pastoral Officer 
Ms Caroline Hill  01726 822485 [email protected]

Further Information

MARU (Multi Agency Referral Unit) tel 0300 1231116 – this is for anyone concerned about a child’s safety
NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe
Keeping children safe in education
Cornwall Healthy Schools
Young Minds
Pace UK
Intercom Trust | Providing help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination
Support for LGBTQ+ People | Cornwall Pride
Home | Safe Haven (Supporting Transgender And Non-Binary People)