Safeguarding underpins all the work we do at Beech Lodge, we are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our school community, students, staff, parents and visitors.

We have a duty of care in law, to safeguard all pupils and staff, to care for their health, safety and security.  It is the responsibility of the Proprietor and Senior Leadership Team to ensure this duty is uncompromised, to ensure rigorous and robust policies and procedures are in place where child protection and safeguarding are concerned.

You can find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here.

Our Safeguarding Team.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2023) we have a number of Designated Safeguarding Leads. They have all received appropriate training for their role.

Our safeguarding team also have a legal duty to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis.

We believe safeguarding and promoting our students’ welfare is everyone’s responsibility, and we work together as a team to achieve this.

We have a dedicated Safeguarding Team comprising of the following senior staff:

Louise Nicholls – Designated Safeguarding Lead


Louise Nicholls

Dan Gillespie – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


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Jack Rider - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Jack Rider

Roots Titus - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


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Daniela Shanly – Proprietor


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There will always be one of the Safeguarding Team on site, so if you have a concern or would like to speak to one of the team, please contact them directly by email, or telephone the school office on 01628 879384.

If you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a child you should report it. If you feel a child is at immediate risk of danger, the police should be contacted.

You can access Keeping Children Safe in Education here where you can access information our roles and responsibilities.

Contacts for reporting concerns:

  • Childline 0800 1111
  • NSPCC  0808 800 5000, or email help@NSPCC.org.uk
  • Police – 101 or 999 in an emergency

Safeguarding and Child Protection

There is a clear difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection;

  • Safeguarding applies to all pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Child Protection applies to children who have/are or at risk of experiencing abuse in their lives

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.  School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.  (Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2023)

Help and Advice

Our families live within many different Local Authorities. If you require any help and advice for any other area, please contact one of our Safeguarding Team who will be very happy to help you.

RBWM Single Point of Access

Contact the Single Point of Access on 01628 683150 option 4 or the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours service) on 01344 351999


Every local authority has a statutory responsibility to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for coordinating the response to concerns that an adult who works with children may have caused them or could cause them harm. In Achieving for Children there is a LADO service which provides this role and support.

Contact the LADO - 0208 8917370 or 07774 332675 or Email:  LADO@achievingforchildren.org.uk

RBWM Safeguarding Partnership

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Safeguarding Partnership

RBWM Family information Service


Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse: how to get help - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Get help for radicalisation concerns - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Child to Parent Violence Support


Eating Disorder Support


Support for Self-harm

Treatment and support for self-harm - Mind

Tips for coping with urges to self-harm right now - Mind

NHS - where to get help

Online Safety

We recognise that social media and the online world present many difficulties for our students and parents.

We are subscribed to National Online Safety, a website that offers support, information and training courses for our staff, parents and students, which you can access below;

National Online Safety - Online Safety Education (nationalcollege.com)



Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.