At the Village School we are committed to the continuous Safeguarding of our children and families and promote the ethos that;

Safeguarding is EVERYONE'S responsibility!

The Village School have an effective child protection policy in place reflecting business as usual. We have created an addendum to reflect the key coronavirus related changes.

However, as more children return, a number of important safeguarding principles remain the same:

  • the best interests of children must always continue to come first
  • if anyone in a school or college has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
  • a DSL or deputy should be available
  • it is essential that unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
  • children should continue to be protected when they are online

This addendum applies during the period of school closure due to COVID-19 and reflects updated advice from our 3 local safeguarding partners The Brent Council, Commissioning Group (CCG), The Metropolitan Police (MPS and Brent  Council). 

It sets out changes to our normal child protection policy in light of the Department for Education’s guidance on Coronavirus: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, and should be read in conjunction with that policy.

Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Hermann Farrington

020 8204 5396

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers 

Russell Davey and  Jo Morton

020 8204 5396

Named Safeguarding Trustee 

Helena Morris

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Yvonne Prince

020 8937 2090


Keeping children safe in education 

Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

Government has also provided:

support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online harms, includes advice about specific harms such as online child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying

support to stay safe online includes security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls

The department encourages schools and colleges to share this support with parents and carers.

Childline - for support

UK Safer Internet Centre - has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, incl - to report and remove harmful online content

CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse