Definition of safeguarding

Bessemer Grange adopts the definition used in the Children Act 2004 and in ‘Working together to safeguard children’. This can be summarised as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to aspects of school life including:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • internet or e-safety
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.

The Safeguarding team

Designated Officer: Sarah Beard (Executive Headteacher )

Deputy designated officers:

  • Elizabeth Whitehead (Head of School)
  • Lynette Mincher (Inclusion Manager)
  • Maria Sendonari (SENCo)
  • Rebecca Benjamins (Deputy headteacher)
  • RayCapper (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Kathy Burston (Learning Mentor)

Pace UK

PaceUK is an online course for parents if they wish to complete to gain a better understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation.

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Download our safeguarding policies via the links below:

Keeping Children Safe in Schools (Part 1) Translated:

Please note that The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) have translated KCSIE 2020 Part 1 into a number of community languages as part of their commitment to helping schools keep children safe. The LGfL says: “As many schools employ speakers of English as an Additional Language who are not required to have a high level of English for their role, it can be challenging to ensure that everyone understands the full meaning and principles of the guidance,” You may find the translations useful and they can be accessed via