• Safeguarding at QEHS
  • Operation Encompass & Operation Endeavour
  • Useful Safeguarding Links

What is safeguarding?

Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

What are schools expected to do?

School are required to comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education. This means, for example:

  • Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies
  • Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues
  • Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’
  • Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated

What does safeguarding look like in our school?

  • The DSL at QEHS is Richard Zabrocki, Assistant Headteacher. The deputy DSL is Emerson Brown, Sixth Form Pastoral Leader. The nominated child protection trustee for Hadrian Learning Trust is Kate Chaplin.
  • We protect information about your child and only share it appropriately
  • We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance
  • We track concerns about children confidentially
  • We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
  • We work closely with a variety of agencies to support young people
  • We work in partnership with the Police through Operation Encompass to support children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.


  • Who should I speak to for more information, or if I have a safeguarding concern?

You can speak to any member of staff, but we recommend that your first point of contact is your child’s Pastoral Leader or our DSL.

  • Who should my child speak to if he/she has a concern?

Your child can speak to any trusted adult in school. The adult will refer to the DSL if there is a concern about the safety of the child.

  • How can I access more relevant information or policies?

For our full range of policies, including our Child Protection Policy, Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistleblowing Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, and Online Safety Policy please see our Policies page. 

What is Operation Encompass?

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.

Northumberland County Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.

You can read more about Operation Encompass in the document below:

What is Operation Endeavour?

The purpose of Operation Endeavour is to support children and young people who go missing from home. Children who go missing from home are at risk of significant harm and they may be vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violent crime, gang exploitation, or to drug and alcohol misuse.

Northumberland County Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.

You can read more about Operation Endeavour in the document below:

We have provided some information for parents/carers on the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and PREVENT:

The following national websites also provide useful information and advice.

Action for Children -
Barnardo's -
Beating Eating Disorders -
Bullying UK -
Carers UK -
Childline -
Contact a Family -
Kidscape -
Mind -
Gingerbread -
Parentline Plus -
Youngminds -

Online Safety

  • Online Safety at QEHS
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
  • Online Safety Updates

We all use technology in our everyday lives and it is vital that we are able to use it safely. In the event that we feel unsafe about something, we need to know what to do. To refresh yourself, or to learn more about internet safety, use the links below.

The Online Safety lead at QEHS is Dave Todd, Assistant Headteacher.

For our full Online Safety Policy and related policies, such as Anti-Bullying and the Student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement, please see our Policies page.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), part of the National Crime Agency, and Facebook have developed a new app that will make young people safer within Facebook: 'ClickCEOP', which links the user directly from their Facebook home page to help, advice and reporting facilities of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

Want to know more?

Young People:


Click the button above to visit the ParentInfo website, which provides support and guidance for parents/carers from leading experts and organisations.

Online Safety Update: Snapchat

It has been brought to our attention that Snapchat has released an update, adding a map feature that lets the user share their current location. While it is not the first app to offer a location sharing service it is a popular app with young people and we felt it was important to inform parents. The update is a concern because the user's location is available to “friends” (and other users) on a map and this updates when the app is being used. Used correctly this should not be an concern but students and parents need to be aware of the potential issues and how to avoid them.

We regularly express to students the importance of not adding people that they do not know. However, we know that this does not stop all young people and this can lead to very serious consequences. You may remember in 2015, with the support of Kayleigh’s family, Leicestershire Police made a film about aspects of the last two weeks of her life. Kayleigh’s Love Story is as a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don’t know online. The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. This new service would allow young people to not only share posts and pictures with their online “friends” but now their location will also be shared.

You will be pleased to know that there are ways of limiting this new service.

The easiest and by far the safest way to stop the app from sharing your child’s location is to turn off location services for Snapchat in the location services setting of the phone. However, this will not be well-received as the method will also stop other in-app functions from working.

Snapchat have also offered several options to restrict the new service.

The first is “Ghost mode”. It is the safest of the in-app options. This means that no one will see your child’s location. They will still be able to use the map function to see other users from their friends list who have shared their location.

The second option allows the user to choose to share their location with some of their friends by selecting names from their friends list.

Both of these options can be found in Snapchat’s settings page.

We are urging parents to talk to their children about their use of the Snapchat app and the dangers of both adding people they do not know and sharing their location. If you require more information on Snapchat's latest update, a parents' guide to Snapchat or Kayleigh’s Love story you can find them by following the links below.