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HAF Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding Poster 2023

The Academy is committed to the vital contribution all Governors, teaching and non teaching staff make to safeguarding and the protection and welfare of our students. 

Our students are provided with a strong pastoral system giving them the support and care they need to realise their potential, make rapid progress and achieve.

We aim to ensure that all child protection and welfare concerns or referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual student. Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.

If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding one of our students please send an email to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

A copy of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found below, along with some links to relevant safeguarding and online safety videos from the NSPCC and Childline. The latest Government Keeping Children Safe in Education documents can be found by selecting this link or on the left.

Designated Safeguarding & Prevent Lead: Ms. Altina Smith
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mr Tom Street, Miss Amy Whittingham, Miss Alex Fisher, Miss Dana RaisMr Jon Maile, Mrs Sharon Moore, Miss Georgina Moore, Miss Nicola Adams, Miss Linsey Waller, Mr Mickael Mouellic, Mr James Colley, Mrs Kelly Buckingham, Mrs Maisy Molloy-Parsons
Designated Safeguarding Governor: Mr Selva Ganesan
Person responsible for Medical Needs: Miss Kelly Buckingham
Heath & Safety Officer: Mr Bill Le Conte
Attendance Officer: Mrs Jo Cawley
Email: info@harrisfalconwood.org.uk
Telephone: 020 8304 4916

Click here to read our latest Safeguarding Newsletter


HAF Safeguarding aims

The aims of our Safeguarding policy are Prevention, Protection and Support in line with Child Protection guidelines. The Academy safeguarding procedures ensures that we:

  • Support our students' development in ways that foster security, confidence and  independence.
  • Raise the awareness and importance of recognising and reporting safeguarding, and of moral and professional responsibilities amongst all stakeholders including support and teaching staff, governors, students, visitors and parents.
  • Provide high quality training and awareness campaigns for staff, and to ensure that the SLT/DSL/DDSLs undertake appropriate training (including biannual level 3 training and safer recruitment training).
  • Provide a systematic means of monitoring all students, particularly those who are vulnerable or known to be ‘at risk’ of harm.
  • Emphasise the need for excellent communication between staff, students, parents and external agencies (including the Police, PREVENT duty teams, Social Services, Youth Offending teams and other key agencies and workers involved in supporting our students and families).
  • Develop, implement and review structured procedures within the Academy so that they are effective and can be understood and consistently followed by all members of the Academy community.
  • Maintain vigilance and an ‘it could happen here’ attitude, and that we build a holistic picture of each child’s needs by paying attention to each factor or piece of information.


Reporting Concerns

Parents and members of the local community can contact the Safeguarding Team via the Academy telephone number 0208 304 4916

If you have a concern or need support for yourself or someone you know, and you wish to share it with our team, you can do so in confidence using our SHARP system.

Members of the public are also able to make direct referrals to Social Care. Please click here or find a document below with details of Children’s Services in our local area.

For safeguarding concerns about an adult, contact the person mentioned in the diagram below, depending on who the concern is about.

If the Allegation or concern is about:

Go to: 

The Head of Academy: Mr Tom Street  

Rebecca Hickey (Harris Federation) 

A member of staff  

Head of Academy (Mr Tom Street)

A student at HAF

Designated Safeguarding Lead (Ms A. Smith)


Counselling referrals

Here at HAF, we are lucky to have access to two fully trained BACP counsellors. Our counsellors offer sessions to students that are feeling troubled and/or stressed and give them an opportunity to talk about their difficulties within a relationship of agreed professional confidentiality. Students and/or parents can now make referral by sending an email to counselling@harrisfalconwood.org.uk stating the reason for the referral. Please be mindful that there is a waiting list for counselling, and the counsellor may need to have a conversation the referrer and/or your child before agreeing to sessions.