Oakgrove School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Everyone in Oakgrove School has a duty to help keep children and young people safe by providing a safe environment, identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action.

The information in this leaflet has been given to you to make sure you understand what is expected of you.

The school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policy can be found at T:\All Staff\Policies. Please read and familiarise yourself with this in the next couple of weeks.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy


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When and what might I be concerned about?

At any time you may be concerned about information which suggests a child is being neglected or experiencing physical, emotional or sexual harm (FGM, Radicalisation, extremism, Child exploitation)

You may observe physical signs, notice changes in the child’s behaviour or presentation, pick up signs of emotional distress or have a child disclose a harmful experience to you.

Harm to a child can be caused by:

  • A parent/carer
  • A family member/friend
  • Another child
  • A stranger
  • A member of staff / volunteer


What should I do if a child discloses that s/he is being harmed?

  1. Listen carefully to what is being said to you, do not interrupt.
  2. Reassure the student that it is not their fault. Stress that it was the right thing to tell. Be calm, attentive and non-judgemental.

    Do not promise to keep what is said a secret.

    Ask non-leading questions (TED) to clarify if necessary:

    Tell me more…

    Explain that to me…

    Describe what happened….

      Allow the child to say what they need to say, do not stop them

  3. Then follow the steps in the flowchart.

The information you have may not be enough on its own for a Child Protection referral to the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), however it will help your Designated Safeguarding Leads to make a decision about risk of harm to the child and how to move forward to protect and support that student.

What MUST I do?

What should I do if the alleged abuser is a member of staff or a Volunteer? (Whistle Blowing)

If your concern is about a staff member or volunteer, you should report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Headteacher immediately. The Headteacher will inform the LADO according to policy. If your concern is regarding the Headteacher, you need to contact the Governor Services at Oakgrove School.

If you are not happy with the outcome of a concern you have raised, please let this be known to Rachel Cooke, Ian Tett (Secondary) or Mark Sim (Primary).


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

At Oakgrove School there is a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads, overseen by Rachel Cooke and deputised by Sam Watson and Jackie Murphy. Please do not hesitate to contact us for ANY concern that you may have.

Staff Member – Secondary Staff Mobile Internal
Mrs Rachel Cooke (Senior Assistant Headteacher)  2317 2162
Miss Sam Watson (Assistant Headteacher, SENCo/CLA)  2322 2184
Mrs Jackie Murphy (Student Welfare Manager) 2168
Mrs Sue Hobbs (SENCo Manager) 2115
Mrs Iona Glover  (School Nurse)  2307 2204
Mrs Lucy Rogers (Pastoral)  2330
Mr Neal Robins  (Learning Co-ordinator)  2315 2185
Mr Ben Robinson Learning Co-ordinator)  2301 2109
Mr Joe Kendall (Learning Co-ordinator, Sixth Form) 2206
Mrs Nicola Irwin-Morris 2108
Mrs Rachael Williams 2132
Miss Kirsty Wastell 2328
Miss Toni Gordon 2144
Staff Member – Primary Staff  Mobile Internal
Mr  Mark Sim (Primary Headteacher)  1101
Mrs Sarah Bush (Primary Deputy Headteacher)  1104
Miss Verity Nouch  1112

Milton Keynes Referral Hub is : 01908 253169/70        Out of Hours: 01908 265545