Our Commitment to Safeguarding

The Holbrook School for Autism is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of it’s children and young people and expects all staff, agency staff, volunteers and visitors to share the same commitment.

All staff attend regular safeguarding training provided by external agencies and are kept up to date with legislation changes by our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Kelly Thorne.  This is supported through online safeguarding training programmes, which are a compulsory requirement for all staff working directly with pupils in both our education and residential departments.

Safeguarding is embedded within our curriculum; it forms part of the observation process and planning scrutiny by the Senior Leadership Team.

In our continual strive for safer working practices, we work closely with external agencies.  Social Services and Multi-Agency Teams (MAT) work regularly with staff to discuss pupils’ ongoing progress as well as providing a support network for new pupil referrals.

The school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them, or known to them, of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.

This is a Derbyshire Police initiative, working with Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services.  Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.

This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.

This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.

We have registered for the ‘BIG’ Award (Bullying & Intervention Group), which is commissioned by Esther Rantzen.  This is an external accredited scheme.

We are working towards the Wellbeing Award, which focuses on mental wellbeing for students and staff alike.


Safeguarding Team

Kelly Thorne – Head of Pastoral and Safeguarding

Laura Russell – Acting Headteacher

Sam Bayliss – Acting Deputy Headteacher

All members of the safeguarding team have attended the Designated Safeguarding Lead training and refresher courses as appropriate.

Keeping Safe Online

At Holbrook School for Autism, we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our students and their extended families.  Please be aware, when using social media, if you become a victim to cyber-bullying or abusive messages/images, you can report these through the use of

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Safeguarding Guidance & Advice for Staff, Volunteers, Parents & Carers


Holbrook School for Autism is committed to the safeguarding of the students within our care.  In line with Ofsted guidance, specific advice and policies need to be made available for all staff.  For ease of reference and access, these documents are provided below for all staff, parents and carers.

Parents & Carers Resources, Help & Advice

Below are links to external websites and useful resources for parents and carers covering all areas of safeguarding.








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