Welfare Services


Our specialist safeguarding team will work with schools and academies to help ensure their safeguarding arrangements are nothing less than outstanding.

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Why choose One Education for Safeguarding

We are passionate about supporting schools and academies with a shared commitment and belief that all children have the right to feel safe, secure and protected from any kind of abuse.

Our Safeguarding self–assessment has been really helpful in ensuring that our practice and policies are effective. The team have offered expertise and conducted a thorough review of the way our school safeguards and protects young people. As a start up school, in our second year of operation, the report and next steps will provide OfSTED reassurance that our practice has been reviewed and is sound.

David Grimes, Assistant Vice Principal
MEA Central

I found casework supervision to be very helpful and I’m looking forward to having more in the future. It helped me to feel more confident in my role and provided me with an outlet for my frustrations as well as a supportive and informative response to help me move forward with tricky cases.

Lucy Ennis, Safeguarding Lead
St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy

The conference was very well organised with knowledgeable presenters with real life anecdotes that make you realise the importance of safeguarding.

Sharron White
Denton West End Primary School

One Education

Safeguarding Overview

Schools and academies are well placed to recognise and respond to the early signs of abuse. Our safeguarding team works with school leaders and staff on the front line, providing support with statutory duties, complying with Department for Education guidance, and helping to secure effective safeguarding arrangements that go much further than the statutory minimum.

Annual Safeguarding Conference

Training for Schools

Safeguarding Support

Safeguarding Self-Assessment

Professional Casework Supervision

Policy and Practice Development

Casework with Children and Families



We provide an extensive range of services for schools and academies. These can be tailored to your requirements and we can provide a bespoke package incorporating one or more services.

Safeguarding Support Package

Our Safeguarding Support Package is tailored to the needs of the each individual school or academy. It could include a safeguarding self-assessment, an invitation to the annual safeguarding conference and access to in house support. These can also be purchased separately as and when your school requires additional support.

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Safeguarding Self-Assessment

We will assist your staff in evaluating your current safeguarding and child protection arrangements, policy and procedures. One of our safeguarding specialists will visit your school and facilitate critical reflection, providing recommendations to ensure that you have robust, relevant and useful safeguarding arrangements in place. The assessment also considers how well your school meets Ofsted standards and statutory requirements as well as examining overall effectiveness of practice.

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Annual Safeguarding Conference

Our Safeguarding Children Conference brings together national leaders & experts in safeguarding and child protection. It is ideal for head teachers and any educator within a safeguarding role.

The conference features highly regarded keynote speakers and insightful, practical workshops on various safeguarding topics making this annual event unmissable for schools. As well as valuable networking time, DSLs and school leaders have the opportunity to hear the latest developments in safeguarding children and way in which to build on established best practice.

Book your special Early Bird discount or call 0844 967 1111

Training for Schools

In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, establishments should ensure that all of their staff are appropriately trained in safeguarding. Our safeguarding specialists deliver specialist training to schools and academies throughout the northwest including:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training

DSL Safeguarding Training is essential training for all safeguarding leads. It outlines the statutory safeguarding responsibilities of schools and academies, including Ofsted expectations and recognised good practise. Learn or refresh your knowledge of how to recognise and respond to concerns and disclosures of abuse. By the end of the training, you should feel confident in managing safeguarding issues in an education setting and be able to contribute effectively to the child protection process.

Our safeguarding training is held on various dates throughout the year to suit your school’s needs and suitable for Early Years, Primary schools and Secondary schools.

Foundation Safeguarding Training

Foundation safeguarding training will ensure that everyone in your school is confident in recognising and responding to signs of abuse. This training incorporates effective record keeping, learning from serious case reviews and an overview of the latest Ofsted requirements and legal framework.

This one day training course can be delivered as a teacher training day in your school.

Online Safety Training (Specialist)

This training will provide staff with an overview of the many issues that young people may face in an increasingly digial world. The training will cover cyberbullying, sexting, online grooming, radicalisation & extremism, social media and gaming.

This is an interactive session, which can also be delivered to parents and students.

Safer Recruitment in Education (Specialist)

This training is accredited by The Safer Recruitment Consortium.

Every school and academy recruitment panel must include at least one accredited person. Improved awareness and understanding of offender behaviour, helps deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable staff.

This one day training considers policies and practice that minimise opportunities for abuse, includes new course materials and is delivered by our HR team.

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Professional Casework Supervision

The Government's, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ requires Safeguarding Lead professionals to receive appropriate supervision, echoed by learning from serious case reviews.

Our experienced safeguarding specialists offer supervision to support Designated Safeguarding Leads and front-line practitioners with any professional concerns they may have about individual children and families.

Regular supervision ensures that staff are supported to:

  • Manage the emotional component of this challenging role and reduce professional isolation
  • Ensure that practice is safe
  • Ensure that work with children and families is quality assured

Our casework supervision is effective for:

  • Reviewing and progressing caseload
  • Reflecting on current and past practice
  • Building networks of support
  • Offering caseload guidance and second opinions
  • Providing emotional support and reducing professional isolation

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Policy and Practice Development

The need for your school to feel confident that your policies incorporate the latest safeguarding legislation and guidance is essential.

We can support you to review and update your school safeguarding policy and procedures with a focus on ensuring that they are personal and relevant to your school community and are in line with educational legislation.

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Casework with children and families

Vulnerable pupils may have emotional, social and development barriers to learning which can cause challenging situations for some schools.

Actively involving the child’s family can promote better social skills, improved behaviour, higher attendance records and higher grades.

We understand these challenges and can offer support to your school. Our safeguarding specialists will lead on early help assessments and undertake casework to help families who are in need of support. Elements of effective work with families include engaging pupils with their families; providing direct assistance with challenges the family is facing and continuing to assess their strengths, needs, and progress.

Working with a multi-agency team, we adopt a child-centred approach to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

We offer you the reassurance that our trained and experienced safeguarding team will maintain accurate and detailed records and undertake casework supervision.

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We pride ourselves in putting children first and delivering exceptional services at affordable prices to schools. Here are some additional benefits of working with One Education.

Safeguarding all children

Support your statutory requirements

Essential training for DSL's

Review and update your policies

7 February 2020

Safeguarding Conference 2020

Explore various key safeguarding issues for schools and academies through workshops and highly regarded keynote speakers. Agenda and details about the keynote speakers now available!

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Training courses

Training courses & Conferences

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Safeguarding Conference 2020

Our Safeguarding Children Conference brings together national leaders and experts in safeguarding and child protection. Through attending workshops and hearing from highly regarded keynote speakers, delegates will explore key safeguarding issues for schools and academies.

Training Course

Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools 6 March 2020

Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools 6th March 2020

Training Course

Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools 17 June 2020

Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools 17 June 2020

Children can ring ChildLine on 0800 1111 and speak to trained counsellors about any problems they may face. You can also visit the website www.childline.org.uk for help and advice.

If someone acted inappropriately towards a child or young person online, whether it may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up, you can report it to CEOP www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre.

If you a child is in immediate danger or you need immediate help call 999.


HM Government define FGM as ‘’a procedure where the female genital organs are injured or changed and there is no medical reason for this. It is frequently a very traumatic and violent act for the victim and can cause harm in many ways. The practice can cause severe pain and there may be immediate and/or long-term health consequences, including mental health problems, difficulties in childbirth, causing danger to the child and mother; and/or death.’’ (HM Government, statutory guidance on Female Genital Mutilation, 2016).


A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.



Meet The Team

Specialist Team Leader

Karen McCaul

Karen has worked in education for over 30 years and leads the team to support schools and academies to identify resources and deliver the relevant strategies and training with school staff, families and local authorities, ensuring best outcomes for young people.

Senior Attendance Adviser

Chris Boden

Chris provides support to schools and academies, working alongside head teachers and school staff regarding intervention strategies and whole school approaches to improve outcomes. She works directly with children, young people and their families offering advice and solution-focused case work with a multi-agency approach.


James Traynor

James has qualifications and experiences in a wide range of relevant fields. Following his counselling degree he worked with vulnerable children within specialist and mainstream provisions. He is a trained counsellor with ChildLine and has broad experiences dealing with attendance along with NSPCC training in professional supervision and as a DSL. Safeguarding is his speciality and a priority when delivering training, professional safeguarding supervision and supporting school staff, families and pupils.


Alyson Knowles

Beginning a career as an SEN TA, and later achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, Alyson’s specialisms are children & families, complex family support and mental health. Alyson is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead for One Education and provides Education Welfare and safeguarding support and training to schools both at a strategic and direct level. She is NSPCC trained and able to offer professional casework supervision to DSLs in school.

Assistant Adviser

Sophie James

Sophie has a degree in Child Health and Wellbeing and has worked in a voluntary capacity with RDA and as a Group Leader for NCS. This has given her experience of working with special needs students as well as those with challenging behaviour

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