Safeguarding Children Statement

Chessbrook Education Support Centre is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Chessbrook aims to:

  • Provide a safe educational environment for all students, staff and visitors
  • Maintain vigilance in identifying the signs and symptoms of abuse and operate clear procedures for all staff to follow in response
  • Ensure that students who are vulnerable, at risk and/or likely to suffer significant harm are identified and that appropriate action is taken to keep them safe
  • Effectively monitor students who are vulnerable or at risk of harm
  • Promote an ethos in which students feel safe, feel able to talk openly and are listened to
  • Prevent unsuitable people from working with children
  • Promote and share safe practice with students, parents and staff
  • Ensure that all parents/carers are aware of Chessbrook’s child protection responsibilities
  • Ensure that all records of child protection concerns and cases are kept and maintained confidentially.

All staff and volunteers are subject to the relevant safeguarding checks; this includes an advanced DBS clearance. A rigorous checking of qualifications and references will also be undertaken by Chessbrook before offering anyone employment. Appropriate general training on Child Protection issues will be provided on induction and at regular intervals to all members of staff and volunteers. Specialist training will be attended by the designated staff, in accordance with statutory requirements.
If you have any concerns for a child or young person then you can speak to one of the following members of the Safeguarding Team.


Mr Steve McShannon  

Miss Naomi Lessiter   

Mrs Alison Daley         

Ms Maxine Clack      

Mrs Sara Osborn 

Mrs Linda Aston      


A full copy of the Child Protection, E-safety and Attendance Policies can be found at the links below or copies can be requested from the school office.


Child Protection Policy

E-Safety and Data Security Policy

Anti-bullying Policy


Useful Websites

Do you sometimes wonder where to go for advice about family problems?

Are you worried that by asking for help it means social care will become involved?


This is not the case (unless a child is in danger) and this is where Families First is there for you.


Families First is the name for organisations in Hertfordshire who work together to help you with any problems you or your family may be facing, before things might get worse. Most of the Families First teams are not social workers – they work in ‘early help’. Click below for the Families First Portal.

Families First logo

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices.


Stay Safe Online see the latest Herts Police advice


A Guide to Live Streaming Apps


Other Useful Websites