Designated Safeguarding Leads Structure and Reporting Process


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Michelle Hill

Vice Principal & Lead DSL
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I would like to introduce myself as Severndale Academy’s Lead DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

The following information details our process for reporting a safeguarding concern and the structure of the wider Designated Safeguarding Lead team who support the reporting process.

You will see that each department has a Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you have any queries or concerns around safeguarding or would like advice, please contact your child’s or young person’s departmental DSL in the first instance.


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Designated Safeguarding Leads Structure and Reporting Process


Member of staff/ visitor/ child or young person reports their concern to a DSL

The DSL will support the person to address the concern

  • If it is a new concern, the staff member will record onto CPOMS.
  • If it is part of an on-going concern, the DSL will add a note on to the pupil chronology with the member of staff.

Staff: The member of staff will follow the advice of the DSL to ensure the right actions are taken.

The DSL may refer the concern to parent carer/Early Help/Social Worker/FPOC.

The staff member will follow up with the DSL for feedback.

Visitor/ child/ YP/ vulnerable adult: The DSL will use the schools’ safeguarding system, CPOMS, to either add the new concern, or put a note onto the child’s chronology to add and assess against the wider picture.

The DSL will record the concern directly onto CPOMS with the visitor/ child or young person present (where possible/ appropriate). The DSL will use the words and phrasing that the reporter uses.

The DSL may refer the concern to parent carer/Early Help/Social Worker/FPOC.

The DSL will agree an appropriate time/ date to follow up with the reporter.

  • If the allocated department based deputy DSL is unavailable, please report the concern to any DSL for support as soon as possible. If DSLs are not available/ school is closed/ concern is urgent and in need of immediate support please report the concern to FPOC (0345 6789021)/ NSPCC (0808 800 5000)/ police (101/ 999).
  • Any concerns about an adult in a position of trust (a member of staff), or unresolved concerns, must be taken to the Principal (via a DSL if the Principal is unavailable).

Meet our Safeguarding Team


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Lead DSL

Michelle Hill

Vice Principal

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Ceri Cusack

Foundation Stage Assistant Principal
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Amy Schofield

Key Stage 2 Assistant Principal
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Lorna Matley

Key Stage 3 Assistant Principal
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Laurence Riley

Key Stage 4 Assistant Principal
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Liz Harrison

Key Stage 5 Assistant Principal
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Daniel Ryng

EYFS Department Coordinator
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Sam Travis

Severndale @ Mary Webb Dept.
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Debbie South

Severndale @ Mary Webb Dept.
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Gareth Smith

Communication, Technology
& Pupil Voice Lead
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Sarah Downes

Assistant Business Manager

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