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Page last updated: 23/02/2024

​​​Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) identifies schools and colleges as an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  It recognises their staff as being in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.  The information and resources on these safeguarding pages support the work of schools and other settings to help them safeguard effectively, to ensure that children receive the right help at the right time and to engage with other partners to keep children in Essex safe.

In Essex, we have an Education Safeguarding Team which covers all education settings and all early years settings.  The team members are:

  • Jo Barclay, Head of Education Safeguarding and Wellbeing

  • Matthew Lewis, Education Safeguarding Adviser

  • Alex Darvill, Education Safeguarding Adviser (South and West)

  • Derai Lewis-Jones, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Mid and NE)

  • Gemma Harris, Education Safeguarding Officer (MARAC)

  • Clare Wallis, Business Support Assistant

To contact the team, please email

​Key Safeguarding Information

There is government guidance set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children  (DfE, 2023) ​on how agencies must work in partnership to keep children safe.  This guidance places a shared and equal duty on three key Safeguarding Partners (the Local Authority, Police and Health) to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area under multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.  In Essex, these arrangements sit under the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) and the statutory partners are Essex County Council, Essex Police and the three NHS Integrated Care Boards covering the county. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2023) is statutory guidance and contains information on what schools must / should do to keep children safe.  It sets out the legal duties with which all settings must comply and it should be read alongside the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE, 2023) ​ and departmental advice What To Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused (DfE, 2015)  

In Essex, the SET procedures (ESCB May 2022) set out how agencies and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  It contains very useful information about safeguarding in Essex and professionals must work in accordance with these procedures at all times.   

Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex (ESCB, 2021)  is local guidance for everyone who works with children and young people and their families in Essex. It sets out how agencies in Essex should work together, share information and support children and families to receive the right help at the right time.

​Contact Details for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

It is important that we have a list of all current DSLs and Deputy DSLs, so we are able to share safeguarding updates, briefings and be able to contact settings if necessary due to an urgent matter.  Please help us to maintain an accurate list of all safeguarding leads by completing this online form following any changes of staff in the following roles - Headteacher, DSL or Deputy DSL.