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Safeguarding and Child Protection at Southery Academy

Our designated safeguarding leads are Mrs Huntington, Mrs Shanks,  Mr Parrish, Mrs Fancourt and Miss Morgan. Our school is part of Operation Encompass and all four designated leads are Encompass trained. 

The contact details for our DSLs are:

Elaine Huntington DSL –

Louise Shanks DSL –

Jonathan Parrish DSL –

Karen Fancourt DSL -

Lindzi Morgan DSL -

At Southery Academy we fully recognise our responsibilities for child protection.  We aim to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of all children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the Academy’s work.  In addition, we aim to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.

Our Safeguarding Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the Academy and it is expected that everyone working in or for the Academy shares the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse and reports any concerns to the designated safeguarding lead for the Academy or the alternate.

We welcome volunteers, including parents, into our Academy, but at all times ensure that such volunteers are suitable to work with children.  Those who volunteer time with the children on a regular basis are required to undergo checks before they do so.

The value of direct teaching on the subjects of respect, healthy relationships and keeping safe is recognised as a key feature of the School’s proactive and preventative approach to safeguarding.  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)  teaching includes units on themes and topics such as Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, Stranger Danger and e-safety issues.   Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues in a safe environment.

Outside of school hours  

If you need assistance outside of school hours, at a weekend or during a school holidays you can contact the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) 24 hours a day. You can do this via their website at: NSPCC , by telephone: 0808 800 5000, by text: 88858 or by email:

Alternatively, you can contact CADS. The Children’s Advice and Duty Service is the service for people to raise a concern about the safety or welfare of a child.

What can you do as a member of the public if you have a concern?

If a member of the public, including a parent, wishes to speak to someone about a concern over a child, you can do this by phoning the customer service centre on 0344 800 8020.

They will want to know why you have a concern, what you may know about the child and any other relevant information.

If you think a child is in immediate danger do not delay: CALL 999 straight away