Safeguarding information

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Keeping students safe

Keeping all our students safe is absolutely central to our work. As a college we work hard to ensure that all students are highly educated in how to keep themselves safe both at college and in society.

‘Safeguarding is at the heart of the school’s work including for those who follow an alternative curriculum or are at risk of it. Leaders leave no stone unturned in their quest to get the best possible care for the children under their care. Leaders know and understand the needs of children at risk and they use this knowledge to forge strong and productive relationships with them.’  

 - Peer Challenge, April 2018

A full safeguarding and child protection training programme is delivered to all staff on a three yearly basis. In addition there is refresher training at the start of each academic year and each member of staff receives a pack of information that they have to sign for. Local authority updates are shared with all staff and Governors each term.

All staff and Governors have been given full PREVENT training in response to the government’s extremism agenda. Staff are fully aware on how to identify students who may be receptive to extremist grooming of all different types.

Staff who join Thomas Estley part-way through an academic year receive 1:1 training from the Safeguarding Lead and an information pack.

All our students are encouraged to talk to an adult if they feel that they, or a friend, are at risk of harm.

Our safeguarding lead is Cathy Cornelius (Vice Principal), supported by Miss Cooper, our Pastoral Manager / Well-being lead, but in addition there are a large number of staff who are safeguarding lead trained including all team leaders and Positive Behaviour Mentors. This enables us to ensure that there is always someone available for young people to turn to in a time of need.

Tackling extremism and radicalisation

The Government has launched a new on-line portal of information on extremism and radicalisation. It contains support for those who are concerned about someone with content for Parents, Teachers and School Leaders. The website and its content are available at

Students are our college have opportunity to discuss issues around this topic. In September our year 8 students will have the opportunity to watch the ‘Going to Extremes’ production.

If you require any further information on the PREVENT agenda please contact Mrs Cornelius

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money,alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay.

We highlight the dangers of CSE with all our students through assemblies.  All our students watched the ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ Production in 2016. Prior to the student performance parents and carers were invited into school for a question / answer session with local police officers.

Student wellbeing

Key contacts in school:

  • Cathy Cornelius, Vice Principal /  Safeguarding Lead
  • Gemma Cooper, Pastoral Manager / First-aid trained
  • Emilia Plumb, SENCo / First-aid trained

Internal support

Some of the ways we support student welfare and emotional well-being:

  • School Counsellor
  • Mindfulness intervention
  • Year 10 male focused workshop strategies for a healthy lifestyle
  • Open door policy,
  • Bespoke timetable for most vulnerable Raising awareness with students and staff
  • SSAT Peer mentoring programme
  • External agency involvement E.g. 'Humanutopia'
  • A designated wellbeing zone to support students on all aspects of their emotional well-being

External Agencies

  • The Bridge
  • Jasmine House
  • Self Harm pathways
  • Turning points
  • Camhs
  • School nurse
  • Social services

We seek extensive external support when required to ensure the emotional well-being of all our students. Working in partnership with parents and external agencies is paramount to ensure positive mental health of students at Thomas Estley.


The Institute of Mental Health


Young Minds

Operation Encompass

All Leicestershire Schools are part of a safeguarding initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

This scheme has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that might have an impact on a child that attends their school. The approach, known as Operation Encompass is used in a number of other places across the UK and is run in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Police.

All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police currently share information on all incidents of domestic abuse in Leicestershire with Leicestershire County Council. 

To further support the welfare of children this information sharing is being extended. During the school term our Designated Safeguarding Lead  (Mrs Cornelius) will now be informed when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the police and one of our pupils was in the household. 

This has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a big impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.

This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to our pupils. The information will remain confidential and only shared on a strictly need-to-know basis, for example with the class teacher. It will not be shared with any pupils.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire& Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 802 0028 or visit

If you would like any further information please contact Mrs Cornelius.