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 students 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 student 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 students 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 are working towards the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark which is an external accredited scheme.
We continue to work within our Wellbeing accreditation, which focuses on mental wellbeing for students and staff alike.
Kelly Thorne – Head of Pastoral and Safeguarding
Sam Bayliss – Headteacher
Kim O’Malley – Head of Care
Richard Jackson – Assistant Headteacher
Gemma Farrell – Family Support Worker
All members of the safeguarding team have attended the Designated Safeguarding Lead training and refresher courses as appropriate.
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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.
Our school is part of the SDAT (Stopping Domestic Abuse Together) initiative led by Derbyshire Police in conjunction with Social Care, Health Services and other agencies, who work together to safeguard children and adults.
SDAT is a system to notify us quickly of any incidents of domestic abuse where the police have attended a household where children live. This enables us to understand changes in a child’s behaviour, attitude or general presentation, and to support children as needed.
For further information please see the NSPCC website:
Where to find help and support
In Derbyshire support can be accessed via the Domestic Abuse Support Line 08000 198 668.
The support line is a single point of access to all of the commissioned domestic abuse support services in the County. The line, which is delivered by Action Housing, is staffed by trained domestic abuse workers between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
In Derby City this can be accessed via Refuge Outreach
Escape offers ‘one to one’ support, Freedom Programme and support regarding education, training and employment for victims living in Amber Valley and Erewash. The service can also be contacted directly on 01773 765899
Below are links to external websites and useful resources for parents and carers covering all areas of safeguarding.