Birtley House School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 (Section 157 for Independent Schools and Academies) of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  In addition Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory responsibility to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  This is known as the Prevent Duty.

Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the child’s relevant Social Care.

We have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) (Mrs Emma Sillitoe) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Ellie Austin) who are specifically trained and nominated within school. 

We follow the Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB), our Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), procedures and policies to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies.  Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise.

By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.

Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions (click here to link to the Policies).

Please click on the links below for further information on ‘Extremism and Radicalisation’ and ‘Female Gential Mutilation’.

Parents Short Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

Keeping Children and Young People Safe Against Radicalisation and Extremism

Female Genital Mutilation, FGM






What our parents say about us

“We cant believe it! Ellie is walking round the house reading a book!! A book!! She wants to read now – she knows what she is reading & she is enjoying the story! She is sounding out words and reading sentences over to make sense of them and sounding so fluent and grown-up! Thank you for giving my daughter a whole new world of reading to enjoy!”