Our Designated Safeguarding Leads

The DSL is a senior member of staff who takes the lead responsibility for child protection and has the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and where appropriate supporting and directing other staff.  The DSL is supported by deputies.

If you need to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leader, please ring the school office.

Sue Brownson
Deputy Headteacher and Deaf Provision Lead - Designated Safeguarding Leader

Sarah Amissah
Lead Governor for Safeguarding

Dexter Morgan-Thompson
Deputy Safeguarding Leader

Thibaud Lecluse
Deputy Safeguarding Leader

Fred Hall
Acting Headteacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Hi everyone, my name is Mr Hall and I am the Acting Headteacher at Laycock Primary. I have been teaching for over 15 years and enjoy moulding young minds for the future. My favourite subject is Maths and my philosophy in life is that you should always strive for excellence. I believe that children are capable of achieving anything that they put their minds to. Hence, I love that the the motto for our school is, 'If we believe it, we can achieve it!

How do we discuss safeguarding with our children?

Safeguarding is discussed most days both incidentally and planned by our teachers and leader. Our children are always reminded that we are here to keep them safe and have a duty to care for them during school hours.

We have embedded safety and safeguarding into our PSHE curriculumassemblies, and have the highest expectations for a safe environment, culture and community.

Resources for children and families

What is safeguarding?

"Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes a wide range of issues relating to pupil’s welfare, health and safety."

Safeguarding is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
  • Child Protection is an aspect of safeguarding, but is focused on how we respond to children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.
  • Staff applies to all those working for or on behalf of the school, full time or part time, in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This also includes governors.
  • Child refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18 birthday or Children Looked After and SEND young people who have not yet reached their 25th birthday. On the whole, this will apply to pupils of our school; the policy will also extend to visiting children and students from other establishments.
  • Parent refers to birth parents and other adults in a parenting role for example adoptive parents, step parents, guardians and foster carers.
  • Abuse could mean neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or any combination of these. Parents, carers and other people can harm children either by direct acts and / or failure to provide proper care.  Explanations of these are given within the document and appendices 1 and 2.

Our school fulfills the local and national responsibilities in line with the following

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda against counter terrorism.

In addition to these statutory documents, we have our school policies such as Safeguarding, Online Safety, Anti-Bullying, RSHE, School Behaviour, Whistleblowing and Code of Conduct.

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

As a school, we know online safety is a topic that is paramount to your child’s safety while working online at home, in school and/or anywhere else. We are becoming increasingly dependant on technology to communicate, learn and have fun and so have a duty to ensure our young people know how to use the devices safely and know how to look after them self online also.

Please read, explore, ask and get in touch if you need any more advice. More information is available on our Online Safety page.

Useful Websites

Domestic Abuse

Honour Based Abuse


Sexual Abuse and CSE

Support for Adults

Support for Learning Disabilities

Support for Pupils

National Support Organisations

Galop’s National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline - support and advice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans+ people who have experienced abuse - 0800 999 5428
Hourglass - support and information for older people and those concerned about an older person experiencing abuse or exploitation 0808 808 8141
Live chat
IKWRO Women’s Rights Organisation - support for Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan survivors 020 7920 6460
Out-of-hours emergencies
Kurdish/Arabic/English: 07846 275246
Farsi/Dari/English: 07846 310157
Jewish Women’s Aid 0808 801 0500
Latin American Women’s Rights Service - support for Latin American women 0808 145 4909
Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm
Muslim Women’s Network 0800 999 5786
0303 999 5786
SignHealth - support for deaf people and those with hearing loss in British Sign Language (BSL) 020 3947 2601
Text: 07970 350366
Stay Safe East  - support for disabled survivors of domestic abuse 020 8519 7241 
Text: 07587 134 122
Southall Black Sisters - support for gender-related abuse against Asian and African-Caribbean survivors 020 8571 9595
Web form
Victim Support community-based domestic abuse services Web form
Live chat
My Support Space

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse
UK Helpline: 0800 5999 247
020 7008 0151 or email
0808 802 5565​