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/DDSL

The DSL/DDSL will support the person to address the concern

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

This will include reporting and recording the concern on CPOMS.

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

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

Visitor / child / young person / vulnerable adult: After verbally reporting the concern to a DSL/DDSL (red lanyard), all safeguarding concerns need to be recorded on a yellow ‘Safeguarding Concern Form’.

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

The DSL/DDSL 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 Supervisor

Lucy Lee

Executive Principal

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Lead DSL

Michelle Hill

Vice Principal

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Deputy DSL

Lisa Williams

Vice Principal

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Deputy DSL

Ceri Cusack

Vice Principal, Foundation Stage
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Deputy DSL

Amy Schofield

Assistant Principal, Key Stage 2
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Deputy DSL

Lorna Matley

Assistant Principal, Key Stage 3
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Deputy DSL

Laurence Riley

Vice Principal, Key Stage 4

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Deputy DSL

Liz Harrison

Assistant Principal, Key Stage 5
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Deputy DSL

Daniel Ryng

EYFS Department Coordinator
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Deputy DSL

Sam Travis

Severndale @ Mary Webb Lead
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Deputy DSL

Karen Lyon

Futures Department Coordinator
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Deputy DSL

Gareth Smith

Communication Lead

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Deputy DSL

Sarah Downes

Assistant Business Manager
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