Sycamore 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.

There is a Safeguarding Team at Sycamore Academy. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Elaine Collins (Deputy Headteacher). The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Paul Worley (Headteacher) and Ms Emily Young (Deputy Headteacher). These are supported by Miss Carmen Joseph (Safeguarding Officer) and and Mrs Sarah Clarke (Family Support Worker). 

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 [email protected].

You can also report a concern directly by calling CHILDREN & FAMILIES DIRECT on 0115 876 4800.

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


The NSPCC are working with the Department of Education to provide a bespoke helpline for children and young people who’ve experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

This dedicated helpline will offer support to:

  • All children and young people making current and non-recent disclosures of sexual harassment or abuse on school grounds within school time, and incidents linked to school in any capacity
  • Any children or young people who want to talk about being involved or witnessing any incidents
  • Any adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
  • Parents and carers who have any concerns about their own or other children
  • Professionals who work in schools and need support in this or related issues

If you are concerned about something, you can contact the NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email [email protected]

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 an online system called myconcern. 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 and to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Officer, Miss Carmen Joseph. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness on the first day. 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.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Addendum to Safeguarding Policy


Keeping Children Safe In Education

Working together to Safeguard Children

Safeguarding Curriculum Overview