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    Introduction to safeguarding at Oakgrove

    Oakgrove School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    Everyone in Oakgrove School has a duty to help keep children and young people safe by providing a safe environment, identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action.

    All staff and visitors to Oakgrove School are given the safeguarding leaflet. The information in this leaflet (Secondary) and this leaflet (Primary) outlines what to do if any concerns about children or young people are raised, who to report your concerns to (the Designated Safeguarding leads) and whistle blowing. Oakgrove School's Safeguarding and Welfare Governor is Mrs A Ollier.

    The school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policy can be found via the link below.

    Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

    The Department for Education's statutory guidance for schools and colleges is found in the link below.

    Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

    The Government's guidance: Working Together To Safeguard And Promote The Welfare Of Children Jul 2018 is found in the link below. 

    Working together to safeguard children Jul 2018

    When and what might I be concerned about?

    At any time you may be concerned about information which suggests a child is being neglected or experiencing physical, emotional or sexual harm (FGM, Radicalisation, Extremism, Child exploitation, Grooming, Sexting)

    You may observe physical signs, notice changes in the child’s behaviour or presentation, pick up signs of emotional distress or have a child disclose a harmful experience to you.

    Harm to a child can be caused by:

    • A parent/carer
    • A family member/friend
    • Another child
    • A stranger
    • A member of staff / volunteer
    What should I do if a child discloses that s/he is being harmed?
    1. Listen carefully to what is being said to you, do not interrupt.
    2. Reassure the student that it is not their fault. Stress that it was the right thing to tell. Be calm, attentive and non-judgemental.

      Do not promise to keep what is said a secret.

      Ask non-leading questions (TED) to clarify if necessary:

      Tell me more…

      Explain that to me…

      Describe what happened….

      Allow the child to say what they need to say, do not stop them

    The information you have may not be enough on its own for a Child Protection referral to the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), however it will help your Designated Safeguarding Leads to make a decision about risk of harm to the child and how to move forward to protect and support that student.


    If your concern is about a staff member or volunteer, you should report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Headteacher immediately. The Headteacher will inform the LADO according to policy. If your concern is regarding the Headteacher, you need to contact the Governor Services at Oakgrove School.

    If you are not happy with the outcome of a concern you have raised, please let this be known to Rachel Cooke, Ian Tett (Secondary) or Mark Sim (Primary).


    At Oakgrove Secondary School there is a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads, overseen by Rachel Cooke and deputised by Sam Watson and Jackie Murphy. At the Primary and Nursery, the designated Safeguarding Leads are Verity Walsh, Kelly Tracey and Mark Sim. Please do not hesitate to contact us for ANY concern that you may have.

    Staff Member – Secondary Staff Mobile Internal
    Mrs Rachel Cooke (Senior Assistant Headteacher)  2317 2162
    Miss Sam Watson (Assistant Headteacher, SENCo/CLA)  2322 2184
    Mrs Jackie Murphy (Student Welfare Manager)   2168
    Mrs Sue Hobbs (SENCo Manager)   2115
    Mrs Iona Glover  (School Nurse)  2307 2204
    Mrs Lucy Rogers (Pastoral)  2330  
    Mr Neal Robins  (Learning Co-ordinator)  2315 2185
    Mr Ben Robinson (Learning Co-ordinator)  2301 2109
    Mr Joe Kendall (Learning Co-ordinator, Sixth Form)   2206
    Mrs Rachael Williams (Learning Co-Ordinator)   2132
    Miss Kirsty Wastell (Deputy Learning Co-Ordinator) 2328  
    Mrs Nicola Irwin-Morris (Deputy Headteacher)   2108
    Miss Toni Gordon (Deputy Learning Co-Ordinator)   2144
    Staff Member – Primary Staff  Mobile Internal
    Mr  Mark Sim (Primary Headteacher)   1101
    Kelly Tracey   1100
    Miss Verity Nouch (key Stage Leader)   1112

    Milton Keynes Referral Hub is : 01908 253169/70        Out of Hours: 01908 265545