Parents  »  Safeguarding and Raising a Concern

All staff and members of the Governing Body receive Safeguarding training on a regular basis. Members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Parent Support Advisor regularly attend additional training run by Barnsley Safeguarding Team to ensure that we remain fully briefed on Child Protection matters.

We have a responsibility to ensure that children are safe and that any concerns that we have in relation to child protection will be dealt with swiftly, in line with our child protection procedures. As part of their duties, all private fostering agreements must be reported to the Local Authority. This is a statutory requirement and parents/carers of children must speak with our DSLs to advise of the agreement. Our LAC DSL is Jessica Jenkins.

Children are taught specific issues relating to safeguarding such as; road safety, stranger danger and e-safety. This is a regular and ongoing topic for the children to ensure their continued safety in an ever-changing world.

Our Designated Lead Officers for Child Protection are:
Jessica Jenkins Lindsey Groom Claire Faxon
Executive Principal Family and Community Worker Head of School

If you have any concerns regarding Child Protection or Safeguarding matters please do not hesitate to contact the school office in person or by telephone  01226 281943 and ask to speak with the Designated Safeguarding Officer. You can, of course, raise a concern with any member of the school staff team who will liaise with designated staff on your behalf.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be located here.

How to raise a concern
If you wish to raise a concern, please contact the school on 01226 281943. Oakwell office staff are happy to help you get through to the appropriate person.
  • You should voice your concerns, suspicions or uneasiness as soon as you feel you can. The earlier a concern is expressed the easier and sooner action can be taken.
  • Try to pinpoint exactly what practice is concerning you and why.
  • Approach the Head of School
  • If your concern is about the Head of School, or you feel you need to take it to someone outside the school, contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Michael Sanderson, or the Local Authority Designated Officer.
Pupil concerns

Our pupils are encouraged to raise concerns they may have with an adult in school or with their parent/ carer. As a school we provide regular prompts and reminders through assemblies and through SEAL work of appropriate behaviour.

How to raise a complaint

We always want to be informed if there is something you are not happy about at Oakwell Rise. We ask that parent/ carers contact school with the complaint and it will be passed to the appropriate person. If you are still not happy, then parents are aske to follow the procedure in the complaints policy.