Safeguarding means protecting young people from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm, and taking action to ensure all young people are safe and cared for.
The Dame Alice Owen’s Safeguarding team works to promote students’ health, wellbeing, and safety by working with the Pastoral Team, Matron, and the Mental Health Team in school, as well as a range of professionals and agencies outside of school to help young people who are struggling or at risk of harm, including of radicalisation or exploitation.
Students at Dame Alice Owen’s know that if they have worries about their own safety or the safety of a friend, they can talk to any trusted adult at school. All school staff, including both teaching and support staff, receive regular training to ensure they know what to do and who to pass it on to when a young person shares safeguarding concerns with them. All students are also taught about safeguarding and how to keep themselves safe through their weekly Learning for Life (PSHRSE) lessons.
Dame Alice Owen’s School works closely with the local authorities in which our students live, including Hertfordshire, Enfield, Barnet, and Islington, to provide a coordinated response to safeguard young people. We are also part of Operation Encompass, working with the Hertfordshire Constabulary to provide support for young people who have experienced domestic abuse.
If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a young person at our school, you can email [email protected] with a brief outline of your concern and ask for the Safeguarding team or other appropriate member of staff to be in contact.