Safeguarding Your Child

Northolt High School is fully committed to meeting its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. We have the safeguarding of our pupils at the heart of everything that we do, promoting the physical and emotional well-being of every pupil.
This is achieved by creating a culture of safe recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children, educating pupils on how to keep safe and to recognise behaviour that is unacceptable, identifying and making provision for any child that has been subject to abuse. We ensure that members of the governing body, the Headteacher and staff members understand their responsibility, under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, to be alert to the signs of child abuse and to refer concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • ​Preventing impairment of children’s 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 and young people to have the best outcomes.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Grace De Sousa (Assistant Headteacher). Any concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as child protection officers in school in compliance with sharing of information guidance.
The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents and carers about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Children’s Services and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with child protection procedures). The school will always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents and carers as well as all external agencies. By working closely together everyday, with your child's best interest at the heart of everything we do, children will continue to be safeguarded to the highest standard at Northolt High School.
The school’s child protection policy is available publicly and can be found in the ‘Policies’ section of the school website.

Our safeguarding policy can be found here: Safeguarding Policy

If you are worried about the safety or welfare of a student, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Headteacher at school.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Ms Grace De Sousa
Assistant Headteacher

If you believe a child is in immediate danger you should call the police on 999.

Information for Families

Below are some useful links for help and advice about a number of issues.  Click on the logos on the left to access the websites. If you would like to discuss any of these or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ealing council

London Borough of Ealing – Directory of support available locally for children and families.


NSPCC – advice and resources on a range of issues from supporting teenagers as they grow up to protecting young people online.


Childline – telephone advice service for young people operated by the NSPCC

Safer internet

Safer internet – provides information and practical advice on how to ensure your children are safe online. 

Educate against hate

Educate against hate – Department for Education website giving information and guidance around the issue of extremism.


YoungMinds - the UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing of children, which has useful advice on, among other issues, dealing with exam stress.

Disrespect nobody

Disrespect Nobody – Home Office campaign aimed at preventing young people from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships by encouraging them to understand what a healthy relationship is.

Safer internet

Parents’ Guide to Technology – Advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre created to introduce some of the most popular devices, highlight the safety tools available and empower parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.


Papyrus - A national charity for the prevention of young suicide which raises awareness and provides confidential support through HOPELineUK, to anyone concerned about a young person who may be at risk. 

Safer internet

Social media guides – from the UK Safer Internet Centre, explaining the safety settings on many popular social media sites to support young people and their families to use them sensibly and safely.

Victim support

Victim Support - Victim Support offers confidential support to young people, whether you have been the victim of a crime or are simply affected by crime in your area.


Internet safety - This resource provided by the government gives links to lots of organisations with great advice on how to keep your children safe online.

Circle cafe

Circle is a hub space and café that offers support for young people in Ealing who are at, or near crisis point with their mental health.

Ealing council

Contact Ealing Children's Social Care to report concerns about the welfare or safety of a child to Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service.