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Pathways Academy has a duty of care and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, including online, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

We have an open door policy so students can access support and guidance at all times.

We work in partnership with external agencies and professionals for specialised support where needed.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of your child or another child please talk to any teacher at the academy or you can speak directly to a member of the Academy Safeguarding Team.

Pathways Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Elizabeth Long

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jack Merrick


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads


Zarda Fazil                                                            Karen Young
zarda.fazil@path.e-act.org.uk                            karen.young@path.e-act.org.uk


Michelle Hutchinson                                          Fiona Mason

michelle.hutchinson@path.e-act.org.uk          fiona.mason@path.e-act.org.uk

Terri Gotheridge



Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.

In particular, children are shown how to:

  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
  • recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
  • keep passwords and personal information safe
  • report when they feel unsafe
  • understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy

We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.


DfE Guidance – support for parents and carers to keep children safe on line.

Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers

This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.

This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.

Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.

Worried about Youtube?

During our last E-Safety parental workshop, many parents raised their worries about their children using YouTube at home. We also share these anxieties and so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you. The best way to ensure your children on safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.

The simplest option (for tablets and phones) — YouTube Kids

Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suited towards children.

See more information about YouTube Kids at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/youtube-kids.

Setting Up Parental Controls on Youtube (For Laptops and Computers)

This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at. There are more instructions on how to do this click here

Alternatively, look at this video for a brief guide on how to do this.

Useful Information

Online Grooming

Online grooming is where someone befriends a child online and builds up their trust with the intention of exploiting them and causing them harm.  Harm caused by grooming can be sexual abuse, both in person and online, and exploitation to obtain sexually explicit images and videos of the child.

Watch Online Safety Advice for Parents

Online Grooming Guide – What Parents Need to Know

Sexual Violence & Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any kind of unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel humiliated or intimidated, or that creates a hostile environment.

When someone calls you insulting sexual names, talks about you in a sexual way that makes you feel uncomfortable (like commenting on your body), or spreads sexual rumours about you, that’s sexual harassment.  It can happen in person, over the phone, or online.

Sexual harassment can make you feel anxious, depressed and lead to other problems, such as difficulty sleeping.

We would like to highlight some of the support available to you.  In addition to contacting us here at the academy at any time, the NSPCC has recently created a helpline (0800 136 663) for parents/carers and young people and they can also be contacted via help@nspcc.org.uk.

The following websites also provide additional information and support:

Child Criminal Exploitation

Criminal exploitation is also known as ‘county lines’ and is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs.  Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they also use dedicated mobile ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

You can find more information about child criminal exploitation, including signs and where to get help from:

  1. www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-is-county-lines
  2. www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/drug-trafficking/county-lines
  3. www.fearless.org/en/campaigns/county-lines#

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse.  When a child or young person is exploited they are given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.  Children and young people are often tricked into believing they are in a loving and consensual relationship.  This is called grooming.  They may trust their abuser and not understand that they are being abused.

You can find more information about CSE, including signs of CSE and where to get help from:

  1. www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/child-sexual-exploitation
  2. www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-spot-child-sexual-exploitation/
  3. www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/protecting-children/cse


Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies it can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.  Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

You can find more information about radicalisation, including signs and where to get help from:

  1. www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/protecting-children-from-radicalisation/
  2. https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/radicalisation/

Mental Health

See our Mental Health Section here

Everyone has mental health – some people call mental health ’emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it is just as important as good physical health.  Everyone’s mental health is different.  We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened.  Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem.  This can happen to anyone.

You can get more information about mental health, including signs of poor mental health, and where to get more help from:

  1. www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
  2. www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/
  3. www.nhs.uk/mental-health

Peer on Peer Abuse/Child on Child Abuse

Peer on Peer abuse occurs when a young person (under 18 years old) is exploited, bullied and/or harmed by their peers, who are the same or similar age.  Peer on Peer abuse can include physical and sexual abuse, sexual harassment and violence, emotional harm, bullying (including cyber bullying) and teenage relationship abuse.

You can get more information about Peer on Peer abuse from:

  1. www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/types-bullying/
  2. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/

Worried About Relationships

Please see information here

Domestic Abuse

Please see information here

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023

For useful information please visit www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org

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