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The Forest Family is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

The Forest Family is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We recognise that this is everyone’s responsibility.  At The Forest Family, we pay due regard to new legislation when carrying out our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Forest Family works with the procedures set out by the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2023). We do this by:

· Ensuring that Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.

· Ensuring children in our school can share their concerns and ensure that they have a ‘voice’.

· Ensuring our staff are trained, regularly and rigorously.

· Ensuring children in our schools are educated through a broad and balanced curriculum offering advice and guidance which allows them to make decision to help keep themselves safe.

· Ensuring we work collaboratively, knowing that no one agency can have the full picture, sharing information in a timely and accurate way and also ensuring that when required, we are not afraid to challenge professionals to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Matthew Baxter

Deputy DSL All Saints

Mrs Jodie Jones 

Deputy DSL Needwood

Mrs Donna Preston

Deputy DSL (both schools)

Mrs Sally Ward (SENDCo)

Safeguarding Governor

Mrs Joanne Lowe


Mrs Sally Ward

During school hours and term time you can contact the Safeguarding Team by calling the main school numbers 01283 575216 (Needwood) or 01283 712385 (All Saints).

During weekends and holidays, if you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person please use the contact details below:


Staffordshire Childrens’ Advice and Support Team (Monday- Friday 8am-5pm) 0300 111 8007

Emergency Out of Hours (Evenings and Weekends) 0345 604 2886


Non-Emergency- 101

Emergency- 999


Child Protection Referrals 01629 533190

The Forest Family of schools is committed to keeping our students safe, both in school and the wider community. As part of our safeguarding arrangements, we have a two-way information sharing agreement in place with the local police authority. The agreement is compliant with Crime & Disorder Act 1998 (s.115) and Data Protection Act 1998 (s.29.3; s.35.2.), and focuses on preventing young people from becoming involved or further involved in crime and anti-social behaviour as a victim or offender.

The JTMAT Safeguarding Policy can be found using the following link JTMAT Safeguarding Policy 2023

Our own Forest Family school procedures can be found below.