Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility at Tolleshunt D'Arcy Academy

Every adult at Tolleshunt D'Arcy Primary Academy has a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of every child. 

Everybody working in our academy understands their safeguarding responsibilities, as highlighted through our induction processes and regular training opportunities.

Training and Development

Each member of staff who joins our school receives child protection and safeguarding training from their line manager or another school leader.

Safeguarding features as a regular agenda item in our Monday team briefings and in governance meetings. Our academy policies and guidance on best practice for child protection and safeguarding are freely available for all to view on this website.

Definition of Abuse

At D'Arcy Academy we understand that abuse is maltreatment of a child.  This may be neglect, any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment that leads to harm or injury, or failure to protect a child from harm. It can happen to any child regardless of their age, gender, race or ability and may be inflicted on a child by an adult/adults or another child or children. 

Disclosure and Reporting

If you observe something or become aware of information about a pupil which concerns you, it is important that you share your concerns with the Designated or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The school office will make arrangements for you to speak to them if you cannot locate them.

Adult Conduct

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff following something you have observed or a disclosure, you must report this to the Executive Headteacher or Head of School. If your concern is about the Executive Headteacher, you must report this to the Trust Safeguarding Governor. The school office will provide contact details for the Trust Safeguarding Governor if you need them.

The designated safeguarding leaders at the school are:

Miss E Reece (Head of School / SENDCo) (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs L Osborne (Executive Headteacher) (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs T Bourne (Co-Executive Headteacher (Secondment))  (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Please contact these staff members with your Safeguarding concerns during school hours ( or 01621 860253)

If you would like to talk through a Safeguarding concern out of school hours, please contact the Essex Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627

Our Safeguarding governors are:

Mrs H Steele and Mrs S Patel

Essex Police have set up a new hotline number  – 01245 452058.  Please contact this number if you have any concerns related to the criminal or sexual exploitation of a child.

Our policies related to safeguarding and child protection can be found here: Policies