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Page last updated: 28/03/2023

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2022) 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.

The Education Safeguarding Team consists of:

  • ​Jo Barclay, Head of Education Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Matthew Lewis, Education Safeguarding Adviser
  • Alex Darvill, Education Safeguarding Adviser 
  • Gemma Harris, Education Safeguarding Officer (MARAC)
  • Katie Crouch, Business Support Assistant

To contact the team, please email


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

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.

The safeguarding briefing is circulated to the Headteacher, DSL and DDSLs on the contact list held by the ECC Education Safeguarding Team. If any other staff members in your school/education setting are interested in the briefings, please set up an internal system to forward the email on to them when you receive it.​

​​Key guidance documents 

All DSLs and Deputy DSLs should ensure that they are familiar with the below statutory and non-statutory safeguarding guidance documents: