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STEP Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people: we expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please speak to one of the designated safeguarding leads – or deputy designated safeguarding leads – as soon as possible.

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer

Andrew Hewitt (Assistant Head Teacher) and Michael Tirrell (Head Teacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and Child Protection Officers

Claire Isbecque (Deputy Head Teacher); Claire Westley (Assistant Head Teacher); Agnes Szczurek (Phase Leader); Stephanie Rose (SENDCo)

Safeguarding Governor

Karl Meier

Information Sharing

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Online Safety Topics

The best way to help your child to be  safe when using the internet is to talk to them and make sure they understand a few simple rules which can be found in our Parent Online Safety Sheet for Parents and Carers.

Below you can find links to our Online Safety leaflet, our school rules for responsible ICT use and a large variety of links to some useful websites. Also, we have now added printable guides for keeping your child safe when using smartphones, tablets, X-Box etc.

Additional Online Safety Links

Prevent Strategy

As part of La Fontaine Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent StrategyAs part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. Related issues are now discussed at every Strategic Governing Body meeting.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a member of staff, a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at La Fontraine Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hate website by the DfE: click here.

Operation Encompass

La Fontaine participates in a project that runs jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police Service: this project is known as Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. This will ordinarily be done by the start of the next school day.

Operation Encompass ensures that a specially trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed. The DSL can then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child.

The school may be able to make provisions or adjustments to assist the child and their family. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this is extremely beneficial for all those involved.

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