Parkside Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Our fundamental principles are:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Reporting a Concern 

Mrs R Biltcliffe is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead and can be contacted by email should you wish to raise a concern.

Other members of the Safeguarding Team are:

For further details on the specific responsibilities of members of the safeguarding team, please see our Guide to Safeguarding Structures at Parkside.

Our Safeguarding at Parkside leaflet further explains our principles, what we do and how visitors can play a role in safeguarding. 

For students, there is a self-referral form which can be used by any student with a concern.

You can view our Safeguarding Policy on our Policies Page and here are our guides for dealing with specific safeguarding issues:
There are also a range of services and places to get support externally. Here are some links to safeguarding websites and resources, where you can find advice and report any concerns you may have: 

If you have an urgent concern about the safety of a young person, you can contact the Cambridgeshire Safeguarding and Child Protection team on  0345 045 5203 (8-6pm Monday to Friday) or 01733 234 724 (out of hours), or contact the police on 999.  

Under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (as amended) to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’s procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Parents/carers should know that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.

Local procedures state that “Consent should always be sought from an adult with parental responsibility for the child/young person before passing information about them to Children’s Social Care, unless seeking consent would place the child at risk of significant harm or may lead to the loss of evidence for example destroying evidence of a crime or influencing a child about a disclosure made.”  This includes allowing them to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, if it cannot be reasonably expected that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.

Where there is a need to share special category personal data, the Data Protection Act 2018 contains ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows professionals to share information.

In accordance with legislation and local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service. In all circumstances, the safety of the child will be the paramount concern.

Schools will contact Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding promoting the child’s welfare”.  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying

    Bullying is repeated behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It's usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child or young person both physically and emotionally. 

    Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Unlike bullying offline, online bullying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone. 

  • Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines

    Criminal exploitation is where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes.  

    County Lines is the police term for urban gangs exploiting young people into moving drugs from a hub, normally a large city, into other markets - suburban areas and market and coastal towns - using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”. Children as young as 10 years old have been exploited into carrying drugs for gangs. This can involve children being trafficked away from their home area, staying in accommodation and selling and manufacturing drugs.  

  • Child Sexual Exploitation

    Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they're given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children and young people are often tricked into believing they're in a loving and consensual relationship. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they're being abused. Children and young people who are exploited may also be used to 'find' or coerce others to join groups. 

  • Discrimination

    Discrimination is when someone treats you differently, unfairly or worse because of your age, being disabled, your gender, gender identity, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or having a child, your religion or beliefs, your race, skin colour or where you were born or your sexuality. Discrimination is against the law. 

  • Domestic Abuse

    Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people, usually in a relationship but occasionally by a family member. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. Domestic abuse can happen both inside and outside of the home, can be over the phone or online and may continue after the relationship has ended. 

  • Emotional Abuse

    Emotional abuse is any abuse involving the continual emotional mistreatment of a child. It may also be called psychological abuse. Examples of emotional abuse include deliberate attempts to scare, humiliate, isolate or ignore the young person. 

  • Mental Health

    Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. 

    If you’re in good mental health, you can: 

    • make the most of your potential 
    • cope with life 
    • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. 

    Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. 

  • Neglect

    Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs and the most common form of child abuse. A child might be left hungry or dirty, or without proper clothing, shelter, supervision or health care. This can put children and young people in danger. And it can also have long term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. 

  • Online Abuse

    Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the internet. It can happen across any device that's connected to the web, like computers, tablets and mobile phones. Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know or from strangers. 

  • Physical Abuse

    Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms a young person on purpose. This could be hitting, slapping, kicking, throwing, poisoning, burning, biting, breaking bones or any other form of deliberate physical harm. 

  • Radicalisation

    Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm. 

  • Sexual Abuse

    Sexual abuse can happen in person or online. It may involve physical contact such as sexual touching, rape or forcing a child to take part in sexual activities. Sexual abuse can also occur without physical contact, for example flashing, showing pornography, exposing a child to sexual acts or forcing a child to make, view or share child abuse images or videos. 

  • Trafficking

    Trafficking is where children and young people tricked, forced or persuaded to leave their homes and are moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. Children are trafficked for sexual exploitation, benefit fraud, forced marriage, domestic slavery, forced labour or to commit crimes such as carrying drugs.