Kestrel Mead Primary Academy ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on and off line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk, including by being exploited.

The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.

TMET Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding Team

Our safeguarding team is made up of Mrs Zoe Simpson as our Designated Safeguarding Lead.  Mrs Newnham, Mrs Clarke, Miss Bickley and Alison Moss are deputy Designated safeguarding leads.

Mrs Z Simpson
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs E Newnham
Vice Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs A Moss
Vice Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs N Clarke
Vice Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss L Bickley
Vice Designated Safeguarding Lead

We are an Operation Encompass School. This means we will receive information from the police and social care each time the police attend the home of one of our pupils. This is to help us to provide the right support for our children and families. If you would like to discuss this please contact Mrs Newnham or Alison Moss

Early Help Offer

Most families, most of the time, can get on with their lives quite happily with little or no outside help. If they need help it is usually provided by universal services, such as schools. This can include the day-to-day support provided to pupils and their families by staff within the school.  All children can visit Alison’s Room at any time of the day, every day to offer children additional support.

All families can have times, however, when difficulties arise and they either may not recognise it or may not know how to start putting things right. Without the right support early on, situations can easily get worse very quickly. Schools play a role in supporting families to address these difficulties through more focused family support, which might include bringing in support via an external agency. Alison Moss is our family Support worker, she is available all day, every day to bridge the gap between home and school life.

For those children and families whose needs and circumstances make them more vulnerable, or where schools need the support of other agencies to meet the needs of the family, a co-ordinated multi-agency approach is usually best. In Leicester this is achieved through undertaking an Early Help Assessment and assigning a Lead Practitioner to work closely with the family to ensure they receive the support they require.  Schools should be a key partner in any multi-agency work to support families.

For more information, please see our full Early Help offer.

Early-Help Offer Kestrel Mead 2022-23