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What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is everyone's business: Click here to watch this short video from Kirklees Local Authority.

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.”

Important Documents:





DfE Teaching Online Safety in School

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 have three members of staff trained as DSLs: Mrs Lang (Headteacher) / Mrs Garforth (Safeguarding and Attendance Support Officer) and Mrs Widdop (SENDCo).

Academic Year 2021_2022

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs L. Lang (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs. J. Garforth (Safeguarding Officer) and Mrs M. Widdop (SENDCo)

Our DDSLs form part of our safeguarding team, together with our Behaviour Support Worker: Mrs G. Ellis;  Pastoral ETA: Mrs J. Knapton and Finanace and Operations Manager (Health and Safety Leader) Mr. A. Hussain. 


Kirklees Children's Safeguarding Board

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