St Ann’s Well Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.

There is a Safeguarding Team at St Ann’s Well Academy. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Emily Ashdown, Deputy Headteacher. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Emma Thorne (Headteacher). These are supported by Ms Kate Baker (Foundation Stage Leader), Ms Hayley Clarke (Year 2 and English Leader) and Mr Chris Severyn (Year 6 Teacher and Maths Leader)

If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child in school, please come and speak to any member of the Safeguarding Team.

Further advice and help can be sought from:

NSPCC: If you have concerns about the safety of a child then contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting ChildLine on 0800 1111 or chatting to a counsellor online at

Family Lives: A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Useful advice and information is available online at and they provide a free confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:


Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Officer, Ms Jago. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.


For information and advice about Child Sexual Exploitation please visit There you can find the signs to look out for that could suggest that a child is at risk of being sexually exploited. You can also find advice for both teachers and parents on what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually exploited. 

Safeguarding Policy 2019

COVID 19 – Addendum to Safeguarding Policy