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Safeguarding is our first and vital priority. There are no compromises with safeguarding our young people and we take this responsibility extremely seriously. Throughout the Hawkswood Group, there is a strong culture of vigilance and continuous self-review to ensure our systems and processes are robustly evaluated. Most of our children come from complex backgrounds and we make it our first priority to teach them safe behaviours and attitudes so that they can keep themselves safe from harm.

All school staff play an essential role in protecting children from abuse.

They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.

At The Hawkswood Group we are committed to:

  • create safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
  • ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
  • make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
  • teach children and young people about staying safe
  • maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem. 

The Hawkswood Group  believes that technology, when used appropriately, can dramatically improve outcomes. We are positive advocates for the appropriate use of new technologies in supporting learning. The internet and mobile devices have become integral to the social and educational lives of young people. It is imperative that we work to equip young people with the skills to navigate this environment safely and responsibly.

We believe safeguarding and promoting our students welfare is everyone’s responsibility, we work together as a team to achieve this. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. We also work with parents and other agencies to achieve the best outcomes for our pupils.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: 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.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

There is a safeguarding team located within each provision and a Designated Safeguarding Lead who have all had appropriate training (please see Designated staff under Safeguarding on the website, for contact details). Please do not hesitate to contact either a member of the safeguarding team or for further information on how to report should you have any concerns about your child or other children.

As part of our role in keeping children safe, The Hawkswood Group, is dedicated to implementing a PREVENT strategy. Prevent supports our students to help to stop them becoming involved in any form of extremist and/or terrorist activities. Please visit for more information on PREVENT.

We are also dedicated to promoting British Values which can be found by clicking this link: 

Network Software

In order to keep our young people safe we have adopted a high level filtering service from our service provider Strictly Education, in addition to this we have installed Internet monitoring software on every device.

Mobile Phones and other Internet Ready Devices

Mobile phones and other Internet ready devices are not permitted at Hawkswood unless in exceptional learning specific situations. Students may be asked to hand them in at the beginning of the school day and have them returned at the end.

Do contact me, or the Executive Headteacher directly, if you have feedback on our safeguarding practices.

Olivia Lee

Executive Lead for Safeguarding and Inclusion


Safeguarding concerns about Staff

In addition to the Hawkswood Group Executive Lead for Safeguarding, anyone can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) regarding safeguarding concerns about staff members or any professional working with children, including concerns about Foster Carers.

LADO Referrals

If you wish to discuss concerns directly with the LADO, please contact the Duty LADO020 8496 3646 or email within normal working hours.


LADO Duty Rota

·        Mondays: Shauna McAllister, LADO & Schools Lead (07741 328 010)

·        Tuesdays: Jennifer Knight, LADO & Early Years Lead (07866 314 144)

·        Wednesdays: Shauna McAllister, LADO & Schools Lead (07741 328 010)

·        Thursdays: Donna Parke, LADO & Disabilities Lead  (07854 238 759)

·        Fridays: Jennifer Knight, LADO & Early Years Lead (07866 314 144)


You can also email  or

The LADO manager can be contacted on:

·        Safeguarding in Education & LADO Manager (Strategic Lead) – Gill Nash on 07791 559 789 or020 8496 3628

·        Training & Development Coordinator – Yvonne Akyeampong on 07854 238 759 or 020 8496 3619

The LADO team are based at:

Sycamore House | Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex | Forest Road | London E17 4JF