Keeping Children Safe in Education - Gov.ukChild Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding is the following:

  • Children are protected from maltreatment, abuse and neglect.
  • Any risks of harm towards children are minimised.
  • Ensuring no child's health or development is negatively impaired.
  • Children's needs are addressed at the earlier stage rather than when serious problems develop.
  • Ensuring every child has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
  • Ensuing that the welfare of all children is promoted.

Whose Responsibility is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and protecting children from harm is everyone's responsibility. All agencies have an important role to play.

A concerned and involved community is also vital to safeguarding children and has an important contribution to make. This includes all residents, businesses, and shopkeepers.

It means ringing one of the numbers provided below. or contacting a professional person who works with children, if you have any concerns or worries about a child. It also means identifying gaps in services or information which would improve the well-being of children and families in your area. If you have any suggestions which could improve the welfare of children in your community please let us know.

What do I do if I have concerns about a Child's Welfare?

If you have any concerns or worries about a child you know who you think might be maltreated, abused, or neglected it is important for the child that you contact someone who can help. You can ring any of the numbers below.

If you prefer, you can report your concerns to a professional person who works with children, for example, a teacher or principal, health visitor, youth worker, children's center worker, school nurse, or GP. They will inform Islington Children's Services Contact Team. All referrals will be treated seriously whatever the source.

St Mary Magdalene Academy has a dedicated Police Officer present on a daily basis, closed-circuit television monitoring, and a system for registering and welcoming visitors. All visitors access the building through the main entrance and are required to wear their identification badges at all times. Pupils in the primary school and years  7-11 in the secondary school can be identified by their uniform, Sixth Form Students wear their lanyards. Pupils are supervised by qualified staff at all times on the Academy site, and when visiting places off-site.

Links, Resources & Academy Safeguarding Contacts

Please email any concerns to

Alternatively, you may need to contact individual members of the safeguarding team directly:

Helen McMahon, Assistant Head & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Anna McNestry, Senior Mental Health Lead & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -

Fr Sam Korn, Academy Chaplain & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -

Kate Dingle, Head of Primary & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -

Adam Berridge, Deputy Head of Primary & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -

Islington Child Protection Contacts

Police Referrals: 020 7421 0291

Police Emergencies: 999

Islington Children's Services Contact Team: 020 7527 7400

Islington Children's Services Contact Team Emergency Duty Officer: 020 7527 7400 (5pm - 9am weekdays; weekends and bank holidays)

LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer): 020 7527 8066 – The LADO investigates allegations against staff and volunteers who work with children and young people


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