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At Becton School we have a Safeguarding Team, listed below, but also regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between school, Health and families. Information about our approach to pastoral support, online safety and our policies and procedures can be found below.

You can download the Important Safeguarding information for parents and carers booklet and other leaflets and documents, that may be useful, at the bottom of this page. Our safeguarding policy can be downloaded from our policies page or by clicking here.

Safeguarding Team

Gary Smith Designated Safeguarding Lead 0114 5513650
Mel Kilner Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 0114 3053121/2582140/5513650
Lucy Cutts Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 0114 5513650
Laura Armstrong Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 0114 3053121

*All of our Senior Leadership team and Learning Mentors have been in receipt of the Advanced Safeguarding training*

There are two posters displayed on each site, the Safeguarding Team poster contains information about contacting the team and the Good Safeguarding Practice Guide, both produced by the Sheffield Safeguarding Board.

For more information about the safeguarding of children in Sheffield, the website, created by the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, has an information section for children, young people and families.

Safeguarding Information

Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. In Sheffield, this member of staff is known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Designated Safeguarding Deputy (DSD) and must have been in receipt of advanced safeguarding training.

The school has a policy on Safeguarding, which has been agreed by the Governing Body. As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children's Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged. The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.

School takes very seriously the appointing of new staff and follows the 'Safer Recruitment' advice from the Local Authority. Our staff and volunteers are DBS checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe.

Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other topic involving your child, please feel free to contact the safeguarding team.


At Becton School we are committed to educating children in how to stay safe online and how to be responsible users of the Internet. This can only be achieved with close partnership between home and school. If you have any worries about Online-Safety or any online activities please contact school and speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.  Becton’s Online-Safety Policy can be downloaded from the School Policy Section of the website or by clicking on this link.

If someone has acted inappropriately towards you online you can report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

This website may also be helpful,

It has sections for different age groups as well as information for parents/carers.

Safeguarding Policies & Procedures

Becton’s Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here or from the School Policy Section of the website.  Further procedures related to safeguarding can be viewed and/or downloaded from the Safeguarding Children website. These policies are updated regularly and used by Sheffield schools.

You may also find the following leaflets, produced by the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, useful:

Covid Appendix

The Covid Appendix to our safeguarding policy can be viewed here