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What is safeguarding?

It might be difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

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


“the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.”
Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2015)

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept. 2016)


Roles and Responsibilities

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is a senior member of the school’s leadership team who is designated to take lead responsibility for dealing with safeguarding issues. The DfE strongly recommendeds that schools appoint and train a Deputy DSL to act in the absence of the DSL and support her/him.  At Healey School, we currently have two Deputy DSLs, (and two more senior leaders are being trained):

The Safeguarding Team

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Headteacher:  Mrs. Luisa Lang.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - DDSL (and Safeguarding Officer for the School) is Mrs. Joanne Garfoth.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - DDSL and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is the Acting Deputy Headteacher: Mr. Kieron Feltham

The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is: Mrs. Marion Loiser

Kirklees Children's Safeguarding Board