Safeguarding our students

Safeguarding legislation guidance defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health/development.
  • Ensuring children grow up in safe, effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children have the best outcomes

Safeguarding includes child protection, online safety, EHCP, anti-bullying work, health and safety, safety on trips, recruitment to ensure the wellbeing of students.

ASCENDs safeguarding team

We promote the message that‘safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility’. This is done through regular staff training (including GDPR), teaching topics mainly through PSHE and rigorous safeguarding systems.

We follow statutory legislation and guidelines including:

  • Thurrock Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): Coordinates organisations involved in safeguarding children in Thurrock. Phone 01375 652802. Click here.
  • Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (Thurrock LSCP): Supports the safeguarding to promote equality of opportunity and to meet the diverse needs of all children in Thurrock. Click here.
  • Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): For guidance/reporting concerns regarding someone who works with a child call 01375 652802 or click here.
  • NHS: For health information and advice, click here.
  • Thurrock Covid-19 Child Wellbeing Support Line: Support for children, families and school staff. Phone: 01375 652537 or 01375 652558. Email: [email protected]
  • BBC Newsround: For age-appropriate news from reliable sources. Click here.
  • The Autism Educator: For iformation on supporting children with ASD, visit Click here for a story to help young people with ASD understand COVID-19

  • CEOP: Tackles sexual abuse and exploitation of children in all forms. For information, click here.
  • Think U Know: Educational programme from CEOP. Click here.
  • Parent Info Collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP. Provides safeguarding guidance. Click here.
  • UK Safer Internet Centre: Partnership  between Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL. Promotes safe use of technology for young people. Click here.
  • Net Aware: Guide to social media platforms. Click here.
  • NSPCC: Provides support to children and families. Call 0808 800 5000 or click here.
  • Childline: Confidential service for young people. Call 0800 1111 or click here.
  • Bullying UK: Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied. Click here.
  • Internet Matters: Parent information on safeguarding children online. Click here.
  • Kooth – Online mental health support. Click here.
  • Papyrus – Suicide prevention advice for young people. Call 0800 068 4141 or click here.
  • Young Minds – Mental health support for young people. Click here.
  • MindEd – Mental health resources for families. Click here.
  • Respond –  For people with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma. Click here.

Educate Against Hate – Government website with resources to safeguard children from extremism through promotion of British Values. Click here.