Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is a priority in our school.

Atam Academy Safeguarding / Child Protection Team



Designated Safeguarding Lead


Sulina Piesse

Mrs S Piesse



Deputy Safeguarding Lead


John Ridley

Mr J Ridley




Deputy Safeguarding Lead




Sheila 2020

Ms S Wrack

Our safeguarding trustee is Mrs Susan Jackson who can be contacted on:

Atam Academy’s Safeguarding statement:

Atam Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. 

What we do to safeguard pupils at Atam Academy

Pastoral support:

  • Strong pastoral system to support pupils’ welfare
  • Close liaison with parents/carers
  • An established ethos of encouraging pupils to speak to staff about problems either their own or their friends’
  • Student Support Worker to support students with emotional needs
  • Clinical Psychologist time purchased by the school to support pupils’ good mental health
  • Programmes to support identified pupils’ emotional well-being e.g. managing emotions, building positive relationships, managing pressure
  • Referrals made to outside agencies if support is needed beyond the expertise available in school 


Clear expectations and action to maintain a safe environment:

  • Policies and practices covering: safeguarding and child protection including self-harm and radicalisation, e-safety, health and safety, anti-bullying, racism, discrimination
  • Comprehensive behaviour policy and systematic and graduating sanction and reward systems
  • Supervised pupil dismissal at the end of the day and the local area is monitored by senior staff
  • Close monitoring of pupil attendance with calls to parents/carers if pupils are absent or late without prior notice
  • Safer recruitment practice followed and security checks made on all staff employed and volunteers working in the school
  • Staff receive regular safeguarding training; three members of staff trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Close working relationship with the schools’ police



Educating pupils

  • PSHE lessons covering safeguarding issues e.g. anti-bullying, assertive behaviour, e-safety, healthy relationships
  • A variety of safety messages delivered to pupils via assemblies and in the weekly pupil form time


Safety and Security on site:

  • Secure site needing security pass entry
  • Security cameras in the playground and corridor
  • Filtered internet access
  • Monitoring and checking anything accessed or written on school computer/ICT devices, following up on any concerns
  • Risk assessments carried out for offsite activities and for students with specific difficulties
  • First aiders in the school, covering Primary and Secondary areas
  • Staff and students wear identification badges


Key Contacts

Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT)


Tel:  020 8708 3885 (weekdays)

Emergency Duty Team (EDT) Tel:     020 8708 5897 (evenings and weekends)

Families Together Hub E-mail:          

Tel:   0208 708 2611 Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Team


Tel:  0208 708 9535

Emergency – Police – if child or young person is in immediate danger Tel:  999