Safeguarding at Northfield House Primary Academy

Here you may access Safeguarding information for Northfield House Primary Academy.

Northfield House Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and keeping children safe in education. This is reflected throughout our academy,  through robust processes and on-going training which ensure that all of our staff are aware of their responsibilities to safeguard and protect children.

We operate clear guidelines and maintain accessible systems for the recording and reporting of any concerns an adult may have.

Northfield House Primary Academy has one dedicated family support worker, Jill Hurst who is part of our DSL team. Other members of the DSL team are our Principal, Mrs Sarah Ridley, our Head of School, Mrs Alex Curran, and our two Vice Principals, Mr Ben Burpitt and Mrs Jennifer Hawkins. DSL stands for designated safeguarding lead,  and you can meet our DSL team below. It is the DSL team that staff must report concerns of child welfare or incidents to.

We adopt safer recruitment practices, to ensure best practice is followed from the initial job advertisement right through to an actual job offer.

Northfield House Primary Academy has established systems to ensure that appropriate vetting for all school visitors, including students, and volunteers is completed, and that all adults within the academy have relevant safeguarding training.

Helpful definitions-

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:

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

What is Child Protection?

Child protection is activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm.

What age does children mean is safeguarding terms?

Children includes everyone under the age of 18 years old.

What does Early Help mean?

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life. Staff discuss early help requirements with a DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) who can involve other agencies and do an early help assessment if necessary.

Does Northfield House Primary Academy have a staff code of conduct?

Yes, we have a code of conduct which is operated within the whole Trust and a copy of this can be found here: Code of Conduct.

What is Whistleblowing?

All staff and volunteers should feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and p[potential failures within the academy’s safeguarding regime and know that such concerns will be taken seriously by the senior leadership team. If members of staff or volunteer felt that this wasn’t the case they would need to “whistle blow”.  Northfield House Primary Academy has a Whistleblowing Policy, which can be found here: Whistleblowing Policy

Useful resources regarding safeguarding can be found below:


a great resource to learn about what children may be accessing online via the latest social media sites or apps.


Information regarding the systems in place to report concerns over children who may be at risk from all forms of radicalisation.

0207340 7264


Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

External link

Duty & Advice Service, Children’s Social Care

0116 4541004

Safeguarding in Education

0116 4542440

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

0116 4542440

Leicester Safeguarding Children’s Board

0116 4546520

NSPCC website


Policies related to Safeguarding are listed below and can be found under Academy and Trust Policies:

  • Administration of Medicine Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Education of Looked After Children Policy
  • Educational Visits Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • EYFS Policy
  • First Aid Policy
  • Freedom of Information Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Induction Policy
  • Online Safety Policy
  • Positive Handling Procedure
  • PSHCE Policy
  • Preventing Radicalisation Policy
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Statement of Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against Staff (Located within Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy)
  • School Emergency Planning
  • SEN Policy
  • Sex Education Policy
  • Safe Swimming Practice Policy
  • Swimming Pool Emergency Plan
  • Swimming Pool Normal Operating Procedures Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Positive Handling Procedure Policy
  • Search, Offensive Weapons and Drug Policy

Meet the Safeguarding team at Northfield House Primary Academy below:

  • Mrs Sarah Ridley is the Executive Principal at Northfield House Primary Academy and the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Northfield House Primary Academy.

  • Mrs Alex Curran is the Head of School at Northfield House Primary Academy and she is a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Mrs Jennifer Hawkins is a Vice Principal at Northfield House Primary Academy and also our SENco. Mrs Hawkins is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

  • Mr Ben Burpitt is a Vice Principal at Northfield House Primary Academy and responsible for Teaching & Learning, and English amongst other things. Mr Burpitt is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

  • Mrs Jill Hurst is a Family Support Worker at Northfield House Primary Academy and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead here at Northfield House Primary Academy.


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