The Trust Board and Local Advisory Bodies take seriously their statutory responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 as amended by SI 2012/2962 and the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within their schools to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

The Trust is committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students based on equality of access and opportunity. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of our approach as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment:
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The Trust believes that all young people:

  • have the right to be protected from harm and / or abuse;
  • have the opportunity to develop fully;
  • have their basic needs met.

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teachers, including Head of School, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All Trust and  School staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. The Trust provides appropriate training to ensure that all staff are able to carry out this essential duty.


Responsibilities for safeguarding

Across the Trust, the Trust Board  is responsible for safeguarding procedures and practices. The Trust Board has a nominated Trustee who acts as the nominated Safeguarding Trustee.

At each School, the Head of School has overall responsibility for safeguarding and this is delegated to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). On each site the DSL (including responsibility for Looked After Children) is the Deputy Head of School (Pastoral) or Assistant Head of School, with the Assistant DSL (ADSL) as the Safeguarding Officer or Head of School. Please only contact the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.


Reporting a safeguarding concern

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern at one of our sites, please contact the relevant person listed below.

Out of school hours, if you believe a child to be in danger, please contact the police immediately.

SET Beccles School

Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Head of School. Please only contact the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01502 718850.

Mrs H Philpott – Head of School
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
hphilpott@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Miss B Woods – Safeguarding Officer

Miss B Woods – Safeguarding Officer
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
bwoods@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mr B Willgress - Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Mr B Willgress – Assistant Head of School (KS4)
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
bwillgress@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mrs C Goode - Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Mrs C Goode – Assistant Head of School (KS3)
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
cgoode@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Miss C Clark - Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Miss C Clark – Pastoral Support Assistant
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
cclark@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Miss S Kett - Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Miss S Kett – HLTA (Specialist Unit)
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL) – Forge
skett@seckfordeducation.org.uk


SET Ixworth School

Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, and then the ADSL. Please only contact the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01359 234050.

Mr H Popham-Cooper
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
hpophamcooper@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mr B Hale
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
bhale@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mrs Pia Parker
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
pparker@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mr P Spurin
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
pspurin@seckfordeducation.org.uk


SET Saxmundham School

Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Head of School. Please only contact the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01728 633910.

Christina Watson

Ms C Watson
Head of School and Designated Safeguarding Lead
cwatson@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mrs L Bevan
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
lbevan@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mr A Hume
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
ahume@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mrs C Hanlon - Pastoral Support Assistant and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Mrs C Hanlon
Pastoral Support Assistant and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
chanlon@seckfordeducation.org.uk

Mrs G Bennett - Pastoral Support Assistant and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Mrs G Bennett
Pastoral Support Assistant and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
gbennett@seckfordeducation.org.uk


SET Maidstone Infant and Causton Junior School

Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Head of School. Please only contact the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL..

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01394 283375 or 01394 283374.

Ms Helen Brunning - Designated Safeguarding Lead For SET M&C

Ms Helen Brunning
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
pastoralsupportmanager@maidstoneandcauston.org

Mrs L Thompson - Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead For SET M&C

Mrs L Thompson
Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

Mrs J Hearn - Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead For SET M&C

Mrs J Hearn
Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)


Contact numbers for students and parents out of hours/during a period of school closure:

Crisis – 0337261800
Child Line – 0800 1111
Child Line – Childline
Children’ Society – The Children’s Society | UK children’s charity
Customer First – 0808 800 4005
Food Bank – http://www.trusselltrust.org/
Kooth – http://www.kooth.com/
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk/
Samaritans – 116 123
NHS website – http://www.england.nhs.uk/
NSPCC website – http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Place 2be website – http://www.place2be.org.uk/
Young Minds website – http://www.youngminds.org.uk/