What is Safeguarding?


The key statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ explains that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Put simply safeguarding is:

  • Child protection
  • Supporting vulnerable children
  • Safe care, at home, in school and in the community
  • Taking action

Safeguarding is most successful when all aspects are integrated together. That is why, at Brannel, we have embedded three key elements which include a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school.

Our Safeguarding and Pastoral Team


School staff play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect. At Brannel we:

  • create safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices;
  • ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children;
  • make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice;
  • teach children and young people about staying safe; and
  • maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.

We have a dedicated and committed safeguarding team who work every day to ensure that our students at Brannel are happy, safe, healthy and enjoy their school lives.

Mr Richards is Brannel School's Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact him in the first instance. T: 01726 822485  E: [email protected]


Useful Links

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

Parentzone- practical advice for online safety

thinkuknow- challenging sexual behaviours