Safeguarding at Chestnuts

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. Chestnuts has a moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.

Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development, ensuring that children grow up in the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

Designated Safeguard Leads (DSL)

Chestnuts is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a culture of vigilance to identify, report to a DSL, record on CPOMS, offer help and support as early as possible if a concern for safety and welfare arises.


Mrs Sear

Deputy DSL and Assistant Head.

Mrs Karen Wilkes

DSL, Family Support Worker, Senior Mental Health Lead and Mental Health First Aider.

Other members of our Safeguarding team are Miss Skillings, Mrs Robins and Miss Seagrave.

Our safeguarding team works alongside partner agencies, such as Milton Keynes Council, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Thames Valley Police, NHS and the Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Students may also work with services such as Compass, Brook, Service Six, Young Carers and Child Bereavement UK.