Keeping children safe in education

Click here for Sir Thomas Boteler’s Early Help Statement.

Child Protection

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to secure the safety of its students. Where there is reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern. Click here for our Safeguarding Policy. 

Parent’s Protect is an information and resources website which aims to give adults the information, advice, support and facts, they need to help protect children.


Meet the Safeguarding Team at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School:

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Strategic Lead – John Leonard, Assistant Headteacher 

Deputy DSL/Safeguarding Officer – Jemma ​Chilton


Deputy DSL – Beverley Scott-Herron, Headteacher Headteacher          ​

Deputy DSL – Chris Kinsey, ​Deputy Headteacher 

Mrs Linda Ashwin and Miss Kate Dowling in the Pastoral Team



Key Functions of the Safeguarding Team

Below is a list of the some of the tasks that the DSL will undertake:

  • Contribute to Combined Assessments, Early Help assessments, complete CSE screening tools.
  • Make contact with Children’s Social Care/ Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) when there is an identified child protection issue.
  • Support to students and their families, making referrals to appropriate statutory and non-statutory services for support.
  • Attend and deliver Safeguarding Training (whole school training)
  • Challenge practice and decisions in line with the LSCB Escalation Policy
  • Have a thorough understanding of the thresholds for support from Children’s Social Care e.g. Children in Need of protection and children in need of care
  • Support each other (De Briefing opportunities and reflective learning opportunities)
  • Champion and know who the vulnerable students are. The Vulnerable students should be reviewed on a regular basis.


If you have a concern about your child, a relative or another pupil who attends this school please contact us on the following:

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Strategic Lead – John Leonard, Assistant Headteacher​:

Deputy DSL/Safeguarding Officer – Jemma Chilton:

Deputy DSL – Beverley Scott-Herron, Headteacher Headteacher:          ​

Deputy DSL – Chris Kinsey, ​Deputy Headteacher:

You can also speak to any other member of the safeguarding team and contact them on the school number. Please leave a message and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Click here to view our concern form. 

Click here to view a flowchart of the process we go through regarding concerns raised to us. 


CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection command. Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Follow the link here to make a report.


County lines is the name given to drug running. Fearless is a service that allows you to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. This means you don’t have to give any personal details. Follow the link here to make a report.

The below link may assist officers if dealing with any concerned parents/carer’s/guardians in relation to any nude images of their children or children in their care that may have somehow been shared online. A number of parents/carers do not want to pursue complaints and are keen just to get the image taken down – so by following this link, those concerned can then progress getting the image removed.


Childnet Newsletter

Childnet has lots of useful articles and advice such as screen time and we would encourage you to sign up to their newsletter and visit their pages occasionally for hot topic discussion which responds to new trends.

Screen Time Advice:

  • Is screen time in your household controlled?            
  • Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do?
  • Does screen use interfere with sleep?
  • Are you able to control snacking during screen time?

“One size doesn’t fit all, parents need to think about what’s useful and helpful for their child.”

“Parents should consider their own use of screens, if screen time is controlled in their family, and if excessive use is affecting their child’s development and everyday life.”   Trying to actively count or keep track of screen time hours can be problematic and raise anxiety levels unnecessarily.

Instead, forming a family media plan that takes into account screen time, when and where devices are accessible and what content can be accessed will be beneficial for the whole family.

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