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Safeguarding and child protection is a high priority at Stepping Stones School. Please click here if you would like to view our  Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.


Our Safeguarding Team is:


Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):

Jacqueline Silver, Headteacher

Nick Ridley, Deputy Headteacher


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Ben Bastin, Assistant Headteacher

Sarah Hatherall-Good, Assistant Headteacher

Rachel Knight, Therapy Lead & SENCO

Katherine Salsbury, Family Liaison Worker



Prevent Strategy

As part of Stepping Stones School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the Government’s Prevent Strategy.


Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats for example international terrorism and far right extremism.


The Government’s Prevent Strategy can be found at their website.


Three Key Themes

The Police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and Faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities.


Joint Procedures for Sharing Information on Domestic Abuse

The Police via Children’s Services will alert the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Stepping Stones School that a domestic abuse incident has occurred at the home of a child. We will respond to this alert which will be logged and relevant staff will be advised on a need to know basis in order to monitor the child’s welfare. Stepping Stones School will work with all agencies to support individuals who are affected by domestic violence and abuse.