Safeguarding & E-Safety

The Learn to Live Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects everyone to share this commitment.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical 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.

At each of our sites, we have a Safeguarding Team consisting of a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.  This team act upon and rigorously follow up safeguarding concerns or any disclosures made.  This includes liaison with external agencies such as MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) and LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer).  The Safeguarding Team are also responsible for ensuring all our staff are fully trained in the latest safeguarding guidance which includes peer-on-peer abuse.

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should contact us and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.  It is also important to be aware of child protection and safeguarding issues regarding photographing or filming a child or young person.  The potential for misuse of images can be reduced if images are not shared from home to school.  If you wish to notify us of a mark or bruise which has not yet been reported or explained, please do not photograph the injury.  Instead, ask for an opportunity to discuss this concern with us.  Details on how to contact Ellen Tinkham’s Designated Safeguarding team is below.


The Federation’s Designated Safeguarding leads are:

Ellen Tinkham School (Hollow Lane) – Katy Bradley
Deputies – Kate Preece, Monika Davis, Nikki Burroughs
Telephone:  01392 467168

Ellen Tinkham College (Wayside Crescent) – Monika Davis
Deputies – Emily Carey-Lewis, Nikki Burroughs, Shane Baker
Telephone:  01392 482533

Bidwell Brook School – Stella Wood
Deputies – Marie Barrett, Nikki Burroughs, Shane Baker
Telephone:  01803 864120

Click here to view the relevant policies on the Policies & Key Documents page.

Safeguarding referrals:

MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) – 0345 1551071, or email

Safeguarding Agencies and Support:


New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society. The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. The use of these exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil / student achievement. However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:

  • Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
  • Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information
  • The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
  • The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
  • Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Access to unsuitable video / internet games
  • An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
  • Plagiarism and copyright infringement
  • Illegal downloading of music or video files
  • The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.

Below are some links where you can find the latest e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online:

Did you know that you can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content / websites on any device that connects to your home WiFi? has produced a handy guide for the four biggest providers in the country detailing how to enable features that will protect your entire internet connection, not just an individual device.

Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine contains lots of useful guides on ensuring the devices your child or young person accesses are appropriately set up, including everything from Parental Controls on a desktop computer or tablet to setting up Safesearch on Google and YouTube. We’ve provided a downloadable copy below (click on the picture to view), but you can also navigate to their website by clicking here for their most up-to-date support.

Parental Controls on Games Consoles: have created a very useful page which details how to set up parental controls for many internet-enabled game systems and popular online systems, past and present. To find out how to set up restrictions on everything from Discord to Twitch, Fortnite to Pokémon Go! and Playstation to X-Box, click on this link to visit the page. You can also link many of these systems in to smartphone apps which you can download from your device’s app store to control features such as the amount of available playtime.

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