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Designated Safeguarding Lead: Elle Somers

Contact the DSL: or 07483377872 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Holly Wilkins/ Annette Gadd

Other Safeguarding Leads: Dawn Holliday/ Danielle Brown/ Kay Powell

Family Support Worker: Danielle Brown

Our Safeguarding Policy: 


The Secret Garden school is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We recognise that this is the responsibility of everyone and we all, staff and visitors have an important role to play. We fully understand the role we play in safeguarding the youngest and perhaps most vulnerable members of our community and how through good multi-agency working we can help protect those too young to protect themselves. 

As a school, we must have regard to current legislation when carrying our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is the role of the leadership of the school to ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their roles and responsibilities as set out in current legislation with regard to safeguarding children.

We firmly believe that:

  • All children have the right to be protected from harm;
  • Children need to feel safe and to be safe in our school;
  • We can contribute to the prevention of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, bullying, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviour;
  • Children need support that matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse.

If you have a concern that any pupil is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact school reception as soon as possible and ask to speak to an available Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or alternatively email 

Further information regarding how to keep children safe, identifying and preventing abuse and what help is available can also be found on the NSPCC Website.

In accordance with statutory guidance all Secret Garden Staff have receive regular safeguarding training and are fully aware of and are in compliance with the following guidance:

The Secret Garden School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts within the school will require enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance in addition to identification and qualification checks.

Further safeguarding information for parents and the below links has a range of advice for parents and carers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.









If you think a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 and contact the Police.


You can also find support via from the following services:

  • Child Line     08001111
  • Samaritans   116123
  • Domestic Violence Hotline      08002000247
  • MIND mental health support   03001233393


Warwickshire Safeguarding Contacts.

Children's Social Services- Duty and Advise     01926 414144 / 01926886922

Local Authority Designated Offer (LADO)          01926 743433

Education Safeguarding Manager                     07966 224286

Early Help                                                          01926 414147

Children Missing in Education                           01926 736323

Elective Home  Education                                 01926 736323

WSBC Manager                                                01926 410410

Child Sexual Exploitation                                  01926 684490

Educational Psychology Service                       01926 742921

Special Domestic Abuse Service                       0800 408 1552 


Solihull MBC Contacts

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)  0121 788 4300 

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)       0121 788 4310

Early Help Team                                     0121 709 7000

Children Missing in Education                  0121 704 6663

Elective Home Education                         0121 704 6663

Educational Psychology Service                0121 704 6690


Birmingham Contacts

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)  0121 303 1888

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)       0121 675 1669

Early Help Team                                     0121 303 1888

Children Missing in Education                  0121 303 4983

Elective Home Education                        0121 464 7215



Worcestershire Contacts

Children's Social Services                        01905 822666  

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)      01905 846221

Early Help Team                                    01905 822666

Children Missing in Education

Elective Home Education                       01905 846060

Educational Psychology Service    


Walsall Contacts

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 555 2866

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)      07951819648

Early Help Team                                   0300 555 2866 option 1

Children Missing in Education                0300 555 2866

Elective Home Education                       01922 652860

Educational Psychology Service   


Wolverhampton Contacts

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)  01902 555392

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)        01902 550477

Early Help Team                                     01902 554242

Children Missing in Education                   01902 550621

Elective Home Education                          01902 550621

Educational Psychology Service                 01902 550609


Staffordshire Contacts

Children's Services                                    0300 111 8007

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)        0300 111 8007

Early Help Team                                      0300 111 8007

Children Missing in Education         

Elective Home Education                          0300 111 8000

Educational Psychology Service                 0300 111 8007


Coventry Contacts 

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)    024 7678 8555

Local Authority Duty Officer (LADO)

Early Help Team                            

Children Missing in Education                    024 7678 8555

Elective Home Education                           024 7683 1614

Educational Psychology Service                  024 7678 8400