Bursted Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out on all staff.


Safeguarding our pupils is an important part of our daily work. We work together with our families and outside agencies to ensure our children are safe and know how to keep themselves safe. All of our staff, and Governors, have yearly training on safeguarding and child protection. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead team are:


Miss Helen Charman  (Head Teacher) - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Lesley Harborne (Director of Safeguarding, Inclusion, Pastoral and Welfare) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Stevie Devlin - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Jenny Cane - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Please contact one of the above, via the school office if you have any concerns regarding a pupil  


Mrs Shirley Puxty - Chair of Trustees with responsibility for Safeguarding, Child Protection, CLA


Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Please see the Policies Tab for all policies and procedures relating to keeping our children and our staff safe. 


We participate in Operation Encompass which advises schools about any domestic violence incidents where our pupils may have been present. 

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. This will ordinarily be done by the start of the next school day.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a specially trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed. The DSL can then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child.


It is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. This is part of our wider safeguarding duty and concerns are reported to Miss Charman.  

All staff have regular ‘Prevent’ training so they are aware of what to look out for in terms of changed behaviours, use of language and/or interest in certain topics. 

We aim to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and encourage our children to debate and challenge extremist views in a safe environment.



0800 1111


NSPCC or Child Protection

0808 800 5000



01890 927277



116 123


Crisis Text Line

Text THEMIX to 85258


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

020 8315 4430


Cruse Bereavement Care Support for grief and bereavement

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)


Good Thinking

(Tools and resources to help yourself and others feel better. Covers topics such as anxiety, sleepy deprivation, stress and low moods)


Young Minds

(National charity committing to improving the mental health of all young people)