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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy


If you are concerned about a child or young person outside of school hours please contact Hertfordshire Council on 0300 123 4043 immediately.

Designated Safeguarding Lead   
Mrs M Charlwood -

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs N Blackburn -
Mrs C Smith -
Mr A Crawley -
Mr J Dawe -
Mrs R Buttress -

Safeguarding Governor
Mr Steve Akers

How to contact (outside of school hours or during school holidays)

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development and ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.

Child protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of students at Barclay Academy is our top priority and therefore we have policies and procedures which surround the issue of safeguarding young people.

Safeguarding means that we aim to ensure the well-being of students both emotionally and physically, and will take steps in order to ensure that young people are not at risk, either from themselves or from others.

Safeguarding issues include peer on peer abuse; sexual harassment, online safety, bullying, cyberbullying, radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect and mental health crises.

The steps that the academy might take are:

  • meeting with the young person to explore the issue
  • meeting with the parent/s to explore the issue
  • liaising and meeting with other agencies or professionals
  • supporting in school
  • referring to outside agencies such as School Nurse, Early Help, Attendance team, Police
  • making a referral to Social Services and liaising with them.

Social Services are first and foremost a preventative agency – they seek to support families to get back on track and make change happen in their lives to ensure that young people are kept safe. It is with this in mind that the school might refer to Social Services: to seek support for the family and young person. Unless the risk is presented by a parent, the school will either consult with them about the referral or inform them that a referral is taking place.

Support websites and agencies


Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA)

Brings together more than 65 organisations with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.


Beatbullying is the leading bullying prevention charity in the UK and provides anti- bullying resources, information, advice and support for young people, parents and professionals affected by bullying.

Counselling services

Kooth Website

Cyber safety


Childnet International

The UK's safer internet centre

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

Internet Watch Foundation


Child Centered Policy. An initiative from colleagues in West Mercia who have produced a range of materials aimed to promote self-help and signpost support for families and young people around cyberbullying.

Child Centered Policy



National online safety

Information for parents regarding how to keep your child safe online, including up to date information on the latest platforms and games.

Drugs and alcohol services

National Drugs Helpline

(FRANK) Tel: 0800 776 600 (24 hrs free advice)

NHS choices


Family Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG)

Stonewall The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a charity and training agency helping people and organisations affected by homophobia. The website gives guidance, contact details and a freephone helpline.

Mental Health


Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide

Rethink Rethink

Mental Illness helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. Tel: 0845 456 0455

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young person’s helpline: 020 7336 8445 Parent helpline: 0808 8025 544

NHS Website

The Sandbox

The Sandbox is an award winning digital mental health service for Children and Young People

Mental Health Support Guidance


Sexual Health Advice

Brook Advisory Centres

The Grove Pregnancy Crisis and Post Abortion Centre

Care Confidential for pregnancy and post abortion support

Family Planning Association (FPA)

Contraception and Sexual Health Services