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Debenham High School

Debenham High School

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Debenham High School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Safeguarding is a golden thread running through our school.  We believe every student should have the opportunity to thrive and achieve in a safe environment in which all members in the community are encouraged to “treat others as they would like to be treated”

The governing body and staff make safeguarding a priority.  We aim to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child.  Also by providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the holistic development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.

This page on our website is designed to be a source of information about safeguarding - to help inform and educate everyone in our school community.  There are details of our designated safeguarding leads as well as information about a number of key issues of which all staff, governors, parents/carers and students need to be aware.

For greater detail, please click here to see our Safeguarding Policy.

Please click here to download our Safeguarding Referral Form.

Please click here to read our Safeguarding Information Leaflet for School Visitors.

CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.
Are you being bullied?
CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small.


Debenham High School Safeguarding Team 2022-23

At Debenham High School we have Designated Safeguarding Leads and a Single Point of Contact for Prevent who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns relating to either child protection or safeguarding.

All staff are trained in Safeguarding every three years with at least annual updates between these times.  All staff were trained in September 2021.  New staff will undergo Induction Safeguarding training as they start their contract with the school.


Our Pastoral team

Designated Safeguarding Team

Mrs Louise Ramsay - Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead

Mr Simon Martin – Alternate Designated Safeguarding lead

Lorraine Keeble – Alternate Safeguarding Lead


Wider Pastoral Team

Mr Chris Stopher - Head of Year 7

Mr Stuart Trevorrow - Head of Year 8

Miss Tara Goodwin - Head of Year 9

Mr David McMillan - Head of Year 10

Mr Kevin Cook - Head of Year 11

Mrs Lorraine Keeble – Student Support Co-Ordinator

Around School

Our safeguarding poster (below) is displayed in every classroom and in key locations around the corridors. This is to ensure that every stakeholder connected to us can approach key staff to share any safeguarding concerns. Our staff also have out of hours safeguarding information, which are contact details of the senior safeguarding team and external agencies. This is for use if issues come to light outside of normal school hours.



Early Help and Intervention

Posters outline the ways students are supported at Debenham High School.  These include our Early Help Offer.  The ways we support students dependent on their level of need, aiming to remove barriers or deal with concerns before they escalate to the level of child protection or high end need.




  • Please follow this link to the PSHE offer in school 


Visitors to the School

Where appropriate Debenham High School utilises the expertise of a range of guest speakers, authors and visitors to enrich and augment the curriculum and learning opportunities of our students. The safeguarding of our students is at the forefront of everything we do. To ensure that guests and visitors’ information is in line with our own values and ethos the a rigorous process of checks is made.  By completing these checks, the academy is confident that we are protecting our students from extremist views such as radicalisation and homophobia while enjoying the wide benefits of external speakers.


Supporting Students – Parent/Carer Support

The role of parents/carers is fundamental to keeping young people safe.  While difficult at times to fully understand the world in which our children live, this is important to being able to keep them safe.  The key way to support is through healthy routines and expectations as well as love and understanding.  Aiming to keep lines of communication open so your child can talk to you about anything is a key way to ensure safety – although we fully understand that this is easier said than done.

ParentInfo is a regularly updated feed of expert information, advice and sources of support for parents on a whole range of parenting themes - the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children's resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today's world.


Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

As a school we actively promote ways to be healthy in body, mind and soul.  Through PSHE, assemblies, the wider curriculum and our extracurricular offer.

We follow the principles of PERMA shared with us by clinical psychologist, Dr Hazel Harrison.  You can find out more about her at the following website:

The PERMA acronym reminds us of ways to promote positive emotional and mental wellbeing:

P – Think positively

E – Engage with your work; hobbies and in family life

R – Relationships – maintain friendships and build positive relationships with both peers and others

M – Meaning – take an interest in the world around you; pause to enjoy nature, books, films

A – this can be academic and/or sporting activities; music; any other hobby or simply improving a skill


Suggestions of where to seek support


Online Safety

The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. But just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of, and which we can act to protect them from. Although Online Safety is taught as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

If you have any concerns about your child's online safety, there is always someone who is available to talk to you. In the first instance contact the Form Tutor or Head of Year.  For more serious issues, contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Louise Ramsay

This page has some helpful resources for parents that will enable you to help your child stay safe online:


Think You Know

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • what tools are there to help them stay safe.

Think You Know have also produced a Parents Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.



Kik messenger





Digitally Sharing Indecent Images

Once referred to as ‘sexting’, this is when technology is used to share intimate images of the individual. The content can vary, from text messages to images of partial nudity to sexual images or videos. For more information and guidance for parents and children visit the Childnet website.


Other useful resources

List of helpful online resources produced by Childnet – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety – Free up-to-date security advice – Online support for children – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe. - the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks - resources for professionals working in the area of safeguarding with children and young people, but could be of interest to parents too


Prevent Duty

Louise Ramsay is the Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our academy ethos.

  1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

All form of extremism are opposed. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

This E-Learning training on Prevent offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Where needed the academy will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”.  Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.  The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk                           
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Child Criminal Exploitation

Drugs networks ('County lines')

The National Crime Agency, the UK body charged with fighting organised crime, is very concerned that crime gangs are taking over drug networks using telephone hotlines (called 'county lines) and recruiting vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. Please see our information sheet about 'county lines' and 'cuckooing' - the practice whereby professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business. Below you will see some web links to various campaigns and research on county lines.

Danger of becoming a 'money mule'?

More young people across the UK are being approached by criminals who want to use their bank accounts or pin numbers for criminal purposes. This is called being a ‘money mule’. A ‘mule account’ is used to hide money that comes from illegal activities. The young person may be asked to transfer money, allow access to their account or open up a new one. Sometimes criminals will try and force young people to become mules or they might offer financial incentives such as cash or mobile phone credit.

We need your support to help educate young people around this issue. Has your child been approached or asked for their bank account to be used? Check any bank statements. Is there money going in and out that cannot be accounted for? Ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

Bank accounts are private and must only be used by the account holder.  Any misuse could not only be criminal but could cause serious credit issues for the account holder. Police are working in partnership with many schools across London to combat this issue. If you have any concerns, speak to your Safer Schools Police Officer (see below) and/or Action Fraud ( on 0300 123 2040.