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‘Leaders have established a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. The school’s motto of ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’ is clearly demonstrated by staff and valued by parents.’ Ofsted, (2019)

Safeguarding children and young people is an absolute priority at Ravenshall School.  We have our Safeguarding Policy which is reviewed annually. Staff and governors are required to access appropriate training from the LA’s accredited trainer and this is updated regularly.  We participate in the LA’s annual Safeguarding Audit.

There is a Designated Senior Lead, five Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and a Nominated Governor for safeguarding. 

Ravenshall School is registered with the DfE as a 4-19 school, which means we have adult learners as well as children in school. Their safeguarding needs are met through school policies and procedures, however, Kirklees Adult Safeguarding Board provides information, advice, guidance and support.

Meet Our Safeguarding Team
Clare Blackburn - Designated Safeguarding Lead
L Blythe - Family Wellbeing Officer
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
M Deering - PfA Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
J Cooke - Full time Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
L Harrison -Primary Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
I Silkstone -Inclusion Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


K Horan - Assistant Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Governor With Responsibility For Safeguarding 

Sarah Hoffmann - Chair of Governors

Click here to read our Operation Encompass statement.

How to make a referral

Should you have any Safeguarding concerns about our children or families please speak directly to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in the first instance.  In the rare event that they are not available, please speak to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.  Contact can be made by either directly visiting the school or phoning the School Office on (01924) 456811. All disclosures are treated in the strictest confidence.  During weekends and holidays when school is closed, please make any referrals to: Kirklees Safeguarding Board -

Useful Numbers

  • Immediate Safeguarding Concern –  ring 999

  • Children’s Social Services Duty & Advice Team –  01484 456848

  • Advice Kirklees (impartial, confidential advice in Kirklees) – 03448 487970

  • Thriving in Kirklees  – 0300 304 5555

  • NSPCC –  0808 800 5000 

  • Childline –  0800 1111

  • Samaritans – 116 123

Useful Links




Ravenshall school understands the individual needs of their pupils and this is considered within their policies and procedures.  Safeguarding in school is well organised and reflects the requirements of the pupils and their families.

DSL’s and school staff face some significant challenges due to the nature of the complex needs of the pupils and students however on entering the building there is a calm atmosphere and a warm and welcoming approach from staff and pupils. Kirklees Safeguarding Audit (2021)


Please click to access our - Ravenshall Safeguarding Handbook