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Safeguarding Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Greenacre School recognises and is committed to fulfilling its statutory duties, roles and responsibilities under Section 175 Education Act (2002), the Children Act (1989) and Section 42-46 of the Care Act (2014) in ensuring each and every learner is protected and safeguarded against potential harm and abuse.

Below are photographs of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Laura Oxley and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Cherie Miller, Elaine Padgett, Tom O’Hara, Kirsty Taylor, Tania Rushforth, Amy Jeffries and Terri Dalton

  • Cherie Miller
  • Elaine Padgett
  • Tom O’Hara
  • Kirsty Taylor
  • Tania Rushforth
  • Amy Jeffries
  • Terri Dalton

It is essential that any concerns about pupils’ safety or well-being at home, on the journey to school, or at school should be reported to Laura Oxley as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If Laura Oxley is not available, please see any of the above Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. 

In instances that relate to allegations towards staff members please report these directly to either Emily Haddock (Acting Head of School) or Sarah Wilson (Executive Principal)

In instances that relate to allegations towards the Head of School or Executive Principal, these are to be reported to the Chair of Governors’ George Wild whose contact details can be obtained from reception.

Dan Foster is the Associate Executive Principal for Pupil Welfare and has overarching safeguarding responsibility across the Special Provision Partnership

Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the Policies and Procedures page.

The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Tracy Fairham. To contact Tracy please email

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and South Yorkshire Police. This project is known as Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools when a child under 18 may have been affected by a domestic incident.  This will be done by the start of the next school day.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a specifically trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed.  The DSL can then use the information, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child.  The school may be able to make provisions or adjustments to assist the young person.

Our school is keen to offer the best support possible to all of our young people and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Operation Encompass is a national initiative, already in place in many local authority areas across England. We are confident that the initiative will further strengthen our ability to safeguard and emotionally support those children and young people affected by domestic violence.

If you would like to know more, please speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or visit the Operation Encompass website at


Please click on the link below to see the NSPCC help and advice on Safeguarding and Whistleblowing.
NSPCC Safeguarding and Whistleblowing

Safer Internet Day – Useful Links

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The Prevent Duty

Greenacre recognises and responds to its duty to protect our learners from the risk of radicalisation under the Prevent duty. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and their Deputy have undertaken Prevent training in line with the Prevent duty to protect children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation. All staff at Greenacre School are required to attend a workshop to raise awareness of Prevent. This forms part of a rolling programme of staff training associated with safeguarding. Please click on the link below regarding the Government’s publication on preventing children from radicalisation – The Prevent duty.
Protecting Children from Radicalisation
Please click on this link for A Guide for Parents

Other Information and Advice

Please also see links below for further information and advice regarding;

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Forced Marriage
Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Key: New Safeguarding hub for parents

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The Key have created a safeguarding hub that allows parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.

The Key – Safeguarding Hub