The Ridgeway School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children and young people from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of their health or development
  • Ensuring that they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Enabling them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully

The school has a whole school Safeguarding Policy, and associated procedures in place to ensure that Safeguarding / Child Protection issues are dealt with efficiently and appropriately. All staff, including our support staff, visitors, and volunteers are made aware of our procedures, and parents / carers are welcome to read the policy. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless there is reason to believe that this is not in the student’s best interests.

Who to Contact:

If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share the information promptly with:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Miss D Blackler 01793 846126.

Safeguarding Deputies
Miss H Buttery 01793 846100.

Miss P Keep 01793 846100

Single Point of Contact (for concerns regarding radicalisation and extremism): Miss D Blackler 01793 846126.

pdf icon  Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

pdf icon  Safeguarding Staff Contact Details



Further Information:

Good mental health is essential for the wellbeing of all learners. You may find the information found on the following external website useful:

Child Sexual Exploitation can happen anywhere. You may find the information through the following websites of interest, as we seek to protect the young people in our collective care:

For information from Barnardo’s Children Charity please click on links below:

» Spot the Signs Leaflet

» Spot the Signs Parents Information

» Parents Guide to dealing with Sexting

» Parent Pamphlet – The Prevent Strategy

» Swindon SEND Families Voice poster

» Swindon SEND Families Voice Workshop – Preparing for Adulthood. 27th March


Swindon CCG have started to commission Kooth which is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people available free at the point of use. As an early intervention solution, Kooth helps to reduce waiting times for young people seeking help while removing the stigma associated with accessing mental health support. Please see below a link to a recent article for the local area and a link to the site itself. Worth knowing for any queries from parents / professionals and where they may be discussion regarding recommendations of provision for counselling etc…



As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week, National Online Safety have created a guide about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe.  The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

Please follow this link to view the guide:

Further Information:

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 1)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 2)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 3)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 4)


Safeguarding Message For Students:

Safeguarding Young People

All adults who work with children and young people should work as a team that effectively support and protect you. You may be interested in this document produced for young people, created by the Children’s Rights Director:

Young Person’s Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children


Whisper is an anonymous reporting tool brought to you by the South West Grid for Learning. It can be added to school websites to help anonymously capture issues reported by students either online, or by text message.

Please click on the icon below to report an issue.


Fearless – a website for young people created by Crimestoppers, as a way for young people to access information and to anonymously report incidents of crime.



The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. however, the internet is always changing and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.  you may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities.
For further information please click here »

» The Ridgeway School E-Safety Policy


Students cover e-safety in their Computer Science lessons alongside the assembly and mentoring program. In computer science the following topics are covered and films shown to students.

Year 7
Focus: E-safety risks and how to stay safe online.

Year 8
Focus: Grooming & Social Media
Clare thought she knew:
Matt thought he knew:

Year 9


Other E-safety resources

Common sense media:
Information about apps, books, films, games and TV shows

Digital parenting:



UK Safer Internet

Instagram – Online Safety Guide for Parents & Carers

Tik Tok Online safety for Parent and Carers – please click here

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