Safeguarding at Sladewood

The Government* defines safeguarding as:

  • The Government* defines safeguarding as:
    • providing help and support to meet the needs of children as soon as problems emerge
    • protecting children from maltreatment, whether that is within or outside the home, including online
    • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
    • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
    • promoting the upbringing of children with their birth parents, or otherwise their family network through a kinship care arrangement, whenever possible and where this is in the best interests of the children
    • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes in line with the outcomes set out in the Children’s Social Care National Framework



At Sladewood, staff are committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for all our young people.

Headteacher, Mrs Katy Hanna is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and is supported by Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and the Safeguarding link to the Local Advisory Board.

All staff receive regular Child Protection mandatory training and are kept up to date with child protection procedures.

We take very seriously our responsibility to identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them in partnership with other organisations. Early Help is a key part of our safeguarding strategy. Students are given numerous opportunities to consider risk situations and explore strategies for keeping safe, and staff are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the designated teacher or any adult.

If family, friends or other professionals have any concerns they are advised to contact our DSLs via the school office on 01453 709300. In addition, advice and guidance can be sought from the Local Authority Designated Officer by emailing

*Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, Department for Education

Early Help at Sladewood

Support for family and young people is most effective when offered at the earliest or most opportune time. Sladewood Academy’s staff work with numerous agencies to offer help as quickly as possible. Areas where we can help are:

  • links to the School Nursing Service and wider health professionals
  • information to support social inclusion and safeguarding
  • working with charities and trusts to help families going through difficult times whether financial or emotional.

If you would like more information about any of our wider services please contact a member of the school’s Safeguarding team or go to the Gloucestershire Family Information Services website (link below).

Sladewood Academy

Important Documents and finding out more

Sladewood Safeguarding Policy


SAND Safeguarding Policy


Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023


HM Government - Working Together to Safeguard Children (inter-agency working)