At St. Martin’s School and in the wider Discovery Educational Trust, we place a very high importance on safeguarding children. It is the number one priority that will always be at the forefront of everything we do.
Safeguarding children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education 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;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

At St. Martin’s School, we have an experienced and extensive Safeguarding Team as detailed in the Key Safeguarding Contact information below.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Tatman
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Day
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Wilson
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mr Langley
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mr Peacock
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs McGorrell
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Miss Jackson
Associated Local School Committee Member Mr J Gaughan


The Discovery Educational Trust Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies across all of its schools, including St. Martin’s. The Trust policy is available via this link.

Discovery Educational Trust recognises the prevalence of harmful sexual behaviour and child-on-child abuse and has documented a stand-alone policy to cover this topic, which applies across all of its schools, including St. Martin’s. The Trust policy is available via this link.

'Extremism' is a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable. It may include values and ideologies which may well be legal, but which could place people on a course towards supporting illegal, violent extremist views.

'Radicalisation' is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Children and young people have a natural curiosity which, as parents, we want to encourage. However, as our children grow up we have to take different steps to ensure their safety.

Currently a number of young people have been persuaded to leave the country against the wishes of their families, or in secret, putting themselves in extreme danger.

As a parent you may be worried about how extremism and radicalisation might affect your child. Please click the links below for more information.

Victvs Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

Prevent duty guidance


'County Lines' refers to a type of criminal exploitation in which gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Please click on the following hyperlink for more information.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

The Discovery Educational Trust Online Safety Policy applies across all of its schools, including St. Martin’s. The Trust policy is available via this link.

The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.

If a child or young person you work with is worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.

If a child you know needs someone to talk to because of anything which has upset them, it could be that they are being bullied or that they have seen something online which they wish they hadn’t, there are a number of places they can go.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Safety Centre
Tel: 0800 1111
Internet Watch Foundation
Get Safe Online
Live my Digital for Students
Live my Digital for Parents/Carers
Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media)
TikTok application safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters) 

Coerced Online Child Sexual Abuse

Child Safety and the Metaverse

Fortnite Battle Royale – What Parents Need to Know

Respect and Healthy Relationships Online

Make sure your home doesn’t have an open door to child sexual abusers

Understanding Grooming - Victim Support

Conversations about Life Online – NSPCC

Supporting Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents Online – UK Safer Internet Centre

Digital Wellbeing – SWGfL

Telegram – What Parents and Carers Need to Know

What do I need to know about ChatGPT? A guide for parents and carers

ChatGPT - The Future of Content Creation?

Omegle – Internet Matters - What is Omegle? What parents and carers need to know

Omegle – ChildNet – What is Omegle? Key things that parents and carers need to know


Online Vulnerability Awareness Resources - Internet Watch Foundation  
The internet is a wonderful facet of modern life. Humans have never had as much access to information than they have today, at the touch of a keyboard all knowledge can be acquired largely for free. But it has also made us contactable at all times, in a manner that goes far beyond the voicemails that used to typify telephonic communications. Now photographs, voice notes, and videos can be exchanged to any device at will. This has made young people more vulnerable than ever to unwanted messages and images. Research done by the Internet Watch Foundation, shows that 1 in every 4 teens has received unwanted sexual messages online. Awareness of how to mitigate this issue is vital to securing the young people of tomorrow, and to help in that endeavour the Internet Watch Foundation has created a resource pack. If interested please follow the link below: