What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to childrenā€™s mental and physical health and development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

At Eastlea Community School, we believe the well-being and safety of all students is the responsibility of all members of staff and we are committed to safeguarding students and to creating a culture of vigilance in the school.

All staff are responsible for:

  • creating a safe and nurturing environment within the schoolĀ Ā 
  • wearing their staff ID at all times
  • following school procedure when inviting visitors to the school
  • being vigilant at all times, contributing to a whole school culture of vigilance
  • being aware and noticing the signs of abuse, neglect or any other form maltreatment in students
  • role modelling the highest standards of positive language and conduct
  • challenging sexist, racist, homophobic and any other discriminatory language
  • reporting any concerns, on ‘Safeguard’, or to a member of the safeguarding team

Students are expected to :

  • follow the ā€˜No Handsā€™ rule
  • follow instructions the first time
  • speak politely, clearly and respectfully
  • report any unsafe or concerning situations
  • speak to a member of staff if they feel unsafe or worried

All parents are responsible for:

  • ensuring their childā€™s emotional, mental and physical well-being and safety
  • ensuring their child arrives on time and attend school regularlyĀ Ā 
  • informing the school when their child is expected to be absent
  • informing the school of any personal circumstances that might have an impact on their childā€™s well-being and/or safety
  • supporting the schoolā€™s behaviour policy, ethos and values

There are identified key adults in school and in the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures. Please see below for further details.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Deborah Hegan


0207 540 0400 or 078 8935 2884

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jess Carter


SENCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Amelia Aiken


Chair of Governing Body and Safeguarding Governor

Julianne Marriott


Newham Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Nick Pratt


0203 373 3803

Please click on the links below for the latest or relevant informationĀ 

  1. KCSIE 2023
  2. Prevent Duty