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Safeguarding & Online Safety


Reporting a child at risk of harm, abuse or neglect.  For urgent safeguarding matters call:

  • CUSTOMER FIRST – 08088 004005    (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
  • POLICE – 01473  613500  or 999
  • Sebert Wood Safeguarding Team – email  
  • LADO – 0300 123 2044  (Local Area Designated Officer)
  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0800 800 5000
  • ONLINE SAFETY – The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) have produced two posters about keeping safe online. You can find them here:
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead  –  Mr P Dewhurst
  •  Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads  –  Miss A Bradburn or Mrs S Dade
  • Chair of Governors  –  Mr J Gaskin
  • Named Safeguarding Governor  –  Dr H Cheshire

The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership is made up of partners and stakeholders from a range of agencies.  They are committed to the work of ensuring that all partner organisations are aware of the safeguarding arrangements that apply to all children up to the age of 18 years, including unborn babies.  The board also engages with members of the local community to increase their understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children safe, and what is expected of everybody when there is a concern about a child’s safety in Suffolk.

Please find further information, policies and guidance on the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership website

The school’s Safeguarding Policy is available on the Policies page.

Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

Follow the links to see our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Policy COVID-19 Addendum

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To download our Safeguarding Statement, please select here

We recognise the contribution we must make to protect children from harm and support and promote the welfare of all children.

The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

Government Prevent Strategy

The Government Prevent Strategy places a duty on all schools in the UK to Safeguard children in relation to radicalisation and extremism. At Sebert Wood we promote British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Schools have a duty to undertake a risk assessment to judge the extent to which pupils are vulnerable to radicalisation and although we believe the children in our school are at low risk, the research suggests that there is no single way of identifying an individual susceptible to a terrorist ideology. Any concerns relating to this issue fall under our Safeguarding policy and are dealt with on a case by case basis. The latest Safeguarding policy can be found on this website.

In order to keep all our children safe, staff are trained to be alert to any changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate they need help or protection. As a school (and community) we must not be complacent and have been instructed by the Government to be vigilant of anyone who is vocal or active in opposition to the fundamental British values. Following our safeguarding procedures, if any specific concerns relating to radicalisation or extremism are identified, these concerns can be raised and discussed with Suffolk Police representatives or via a special national DFE helpline.

Although the children at Sebert Wood are still very young, it is important to be aware that according to government statistics, 90% of radicalisation takes place on line. It is important therefore that we are all vigilant of children’s online activity. At school we use an internet filtering system but like all internet activity this is not infallible which is why our e-safety policy covers how we teach children what is broadly suitable or unsuitable and for them to report to a member of staff immediately if they see anything they feel uncomfortable about or know is unsuitable.

Through our PSHE curriculum, Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and the promotion of British values we aim to engender an open, fair and tolerant school and wider community.  We acknowledge our duty of care to safeguard our pupils, staff, governors and families against any radicalisation that may promote hatred, harm or mistrust of others.

If you have any concerns about this area, please contact one of the school’s Safeguarding and Prevent team. Tina Wilson, Suffolk Chair of Prevent Panel. Andy Hill, Suffolk and Norfolk Police Prevent Lead.

Background:- The current threat from extremism in the United Kingdom is severe and can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, to involve them in extremism activity. PREVENT is a key part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, the aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Early intervention is at the heart of “Prevent” in diverting young people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Since the 1st July 2015 specified authorities such as schools, local authorities, colleges and prisons have had a legal obligation to comply with new duties. The new duties will ensure key bodies who already have a duty to safeguard individuals, play their part and work in partnership, and tackle extremism together.

More information on these duties can be found on the Government’s website at:

The following document shows how police, partners and communities can counter violent extremism on the pathway to terrorism:

and the Governments strategy document  :