Safeguarding & E-Safety

Here at Bidwell Brook School, as part of the Learn to Live Federation, we believe that:


The Federation’s Designated Safeguarding leads are:

Bidwell Brook School

Designated Safeguarding lead = Stella Wood

Deputy Safeguarding

  • Marie Barrett,
  • Nikki Burroughs
  • Shane Baker

Telephone No: 01803 864120

Ellen Tinkham School (Hollow Lane)

Designated Safeguarding lead = Katy Bradley

Deputy Safeguarding

  • Kate Preece
  • Monika Davis
  • Nikki Burroughs

Telephone No: 01392 467168

Ellen Tinkham College (Wayside Crescent) 

Designated Safeguarding lead = Monika Davis

Deputy Safeguarding

  • Emily Carey-Lewis
  • Nikki Burroughs
  • Shane Baker

Telephone No:  01392 482533

Learn to Live Federation Safeguarding Policy
Learn to Live E-Safety Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education - Part One
Statutory guidance for schools and colleges.

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

Safeguarding Agencies and Support:

Operation Encompass is a 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.

Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience.

Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s

Operation Encompass - Letter to parents / carers




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 esafety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online:

UK Safer Internet Centre


Parental Controls & Internet Filtering

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? If your Internet Service is with any of the providers shown below then click on your provider to find out more about how you can enable internet filters within your home. If your internet connection is provided by another company then they should also offer an option for enabling parental control filter settings - visit your internet service provider’s website or phone them to find out how you can enable parental controls in your home:




Another useful guide, supplied by BT, details how to set Parental Controls on this (and last) generations games consoles (Playstation 3, 4, X-Box 360, X-Box One, Wii, Wii U).

Click here to view it

More information about Parental Controls and how to protect children from viewing inappropriate content can be found by following this link:

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.