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Keeping Children Safe in Education
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)


DSLs (ID 1072)

Keeping children safe in education 2023


All Designated Safeguarding Leads are contactable via the designated email address or on the emergency safeguarding mobile number:


07792 573 278


If you have a concern about a member of staff, please report this to the headteacher, Rhian Richardson


If you have a concern about the Headteacher, please report this to the Chair of Governors, Brian Jones



Staff Concerns (ID 1073)


If you have concerns about a child outside of school hours, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via:

Leicester City Council

0116 454 1004


Leicester County Council

0116 305 0005


Rutland County Council

01757 758 407



Non-emergencies 101

Emergencies 999


0800 1111



0808 800 5000


*Please be advised as of March 2021 the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is now Kat Purves (Deputy Headteacher) 

West Gate School Governor with Responsibility for Safeguarding: Brian Jones

Here at West Gate School we know that it can be frustrating trying to find support for you and your family and we hope that the following shortcuts to agency websites will be really helpful for you.

The links centre round mental health, wellbeing and safeguarding support but includes links to local authority support wherever possible.

If you are looking for support and cannot find it or would rather speak to us first, please ring one of our parent link workers:

  • Sonia Green on 0116 2552187

They will then try and find you contact details for the support that you need. *Please note that school are unable to give financial advice but can direct you onto agency’s that can support you if you are struggling with the cost of living.

If you as a family have found a good resource that you would like to share, please ring or email Office@westgate.leicester.sch.uk and let us know and we will add their details to the links below.

Warmest Regards,

Kat Purves, Deputy Headteacher.


ADHD Solutions - Support for children, young people, or adults with ADHD http://www.adhdsolutions.org/copy-of-about-us

Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families: https://www.annafreud.org/

Better Health every mind matters https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/helping-others/

Bereavement: https://thelauracentre.org.uk/

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) This leaflet outlines what child sexual exploitation is, the tell-tale signs to look out for and where to find help or report concerns. http://lrsb.org.uk/leaflets

Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/ or 0800 1111

Children at Risk of Serious and Organised Crime Click the download here of Leicestershire Police's warning signs that a child may display when they are beginning to become involved in Serious and Organised Crime.

Children’s health: https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/

Disabled childrens service https://families.leicester.gov.uk/disabled-children/

Domestic Abuse Always remember you can call the new single public helpline number: 0808 80 200 28. For further information, you can go to:  http://lrsb.org.uk/domestic-abuse  www.leics.gov.uk/domestic_abuse_info

Drugs and Alcohol concerns: http://www.talktofrank.com/

Early Help - Leicestershire Early Help | Leicestershire County Council Professional Services Portal

Early Help Leicestershire – Children and family wellbeing service https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/social-care-and-supporting-families/children-and-family-wellbeing-service

Early Help - Leicester - Information for parents and carers (leicester.gov.uk)

Early Help Leicester City https://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/support-for-children-and-young-people/early-help/

Education Support, 24/7 support for teachers and education staff https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/get-help/help-for-you/helpline/

E-Safety: E-Safety Procedure and http://www.childnet.com/

External Mental Health support for young people: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/service/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

Extremism & Radicalisation – Free training for all to help spot the signs: 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) This leaflet gives advice and information about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) http://lrsb.org.uk/leaflets

Gangs and Youth Violence Awareness: http://www.freeva.org.uk/

Government guidance for schools:

Guide for parents on protecting the privacy of their child onlinehttp://comparitech.net/child-privacy

Useful Leaflets http://lrsb.org.uk/leaflets

Keep Safe Online Easy to read leaflets with regards to keeping safe online about Cyber bullying, personal information, using social networking sites. http://lrsb.org.uk/leaflets

Keeping Children Safe In Education:

Keeping Children Safe This leaflet is for everyone and is being widely distributed via schools, health, children and young people’s services, police, probation, and voluntary groups etc. It gives general information about the nature of abuse that children may suffer and the action that needs to be taken by anyone – professional or a member of the public – if they are concerned about a child. http://lrsb.org.uk/leaflets

Kooth online counselling for young people: https://kooth.com/

Leicester City council: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/improve-your-health/mental-health

Leicestershire county council – Get support with mental health and wellbeing https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-and-wellbeing/get-support-with-mental-health-and-well-being

Leicester City children’s social care https://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/support-for-children-and-young-people/children-s-social-care/

Leicester City Adults’ social care https://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care

Leicester City Safeguarding Children board, LSCB https://www.lcitylscb.org/

Leicester Safeguarding Children’s Board: http://www.lcitylscb.org/information-for-practitioners/operation-encompass/

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Gay, Bi and Trans: https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/

Leicestershire partnership trust – service finder https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/services/

Leicestershire Police: https://www.leices.police.uk/

Life links, Mental health, wellbeing and recovery support – local self-help info https://www.rflifelinks.co.uk/

Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual and Transgender support: https://leicesterlgbtcentre.org/home

Mentally Healthy Schools: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

Operation Encompass (Supporting children and young people exposed to domestic abuse) Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. Please click onto the logo above or the links below for further information: Operation Encompass & YouTube Video: http://www.operationencompass.org/

PACE - Protecting children from exploitation and Harm Ivison Trust

Parent partnership Leicester https://eng.need.tips/company/leicestershire/leicester/charity/parent-partnership-service/5871739

Prevent Our staff are trained on how to spot the signs of students being radicalised to fulfil the governments Prevent duty and help keep them safe and make them less vulnerable. We know and understand how vulnerable out cohort are. We understand it is essential that staff can identify families who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do when they are identified. West Gate promotes British values in a SEN friendly way enabling pupils to understand (where appropriate) what might be considered an extremist view or behaviour and how to tell a trusted adult so they can support by exploring this appropriately as part of the wider world curriculum. Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues, but to encourage understanding. https://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

Private fostering A leaflet for professionals who may become aware that children might be privately fostered and who they need to inform and a leaflet that gives advice about the requirement to inform Children’s Social Care Departments if private fostering arrangements are entered into. If you’re not sure what private fostering is please click here: https://www.lcitylscb.org/information-for-practitioners/safeguarding-topics/private-fostering/ If you need to inform a local authority that you are providing private fostering please click here: Leicester: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adoption-and-fostering/private-fostering/ Leicestershire: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/fostering/private-fostering

Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mental-health-and-wellbeing-support-in-schools-and-colleges

SENDIASS Leicestershire https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/send-information-advice-and-support-service-sendiass

SENDIASS Leicester City https://mychoice.leicester.gov.uk/Services/1595

Sexting & Nude selfies - Guides for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5LA2nKHVZ0

Supporting mental health in schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-mental-health-in-schools-and-colleges

The Jenkins Centre: https://www.jenkinscentre.org/

Teenagers Health: https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/

UAVA (united against violence and abuse): https://www.uava.org.uk/

Wellbeing through sport: https://www.wellbeingthroughsport.co.uk/

Young minds: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/