The Beckmead Trust


2023- 2024

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment 
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes 

Safeguarding includes:

Safeguarding is underpinned by core working practices including child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. The Trust’s central team plays a key role in training, leading and auditing safeguarding across the Trust schools. We work very closely with our Local Authority’s to ensure that we are fully joined up in our approach and that we develop a strong and pervasive safeguarding culture in every aspect of school life.

Each school publishes its own safeguarding policy, outlining local arrangements and noting all key safeguarding staff.

The Trust adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • The Prevent Duty 

The Trust and its schools have a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly and can be found on this website

All our staff, whatever their role, receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in one of our schools, please pass them on to the named colleagues at the applicable school.

At Chaffinch Brook School our Designated Safeguarding leads are:

Abbie Vernum, Ilaria Azzopardi and Patrick Hawthorne.

Our deputy Designated Safeguarding lead is:

Mwamba Nkole.

Please find Chaffinch Brook's Safeguarding Policy and the Designated Safeguarding Leads' contact details below:





Designated safeguarding  lead (DSL)

Abbie Vernum 

Ilaria Azzopardi 

Patrick Hawthorne 

phawthorne1@beckmeadtrust. org

Deputy DSL

Mwamba Nkole

Local Authority Designated  Officer (LADO)

Steve Hall 

Jane Parr Tel: 0208 255 2889 

Mob: 07825 830328 Tel: 0208 726 6000 (Ext. 84343) Mob: 07985 590505

Chair of Governors 

Wayne Cooper 07961951491

Channel helpline 


020 7340 7264

Social Care Referral (eg  MASH)

Croydon SPOC shReferrals 

(Monday to Friday 9am to  5pm) 0208 255 2888 for urgent  child protection matters that  require the same day  

intervention from a SPOC social  worker. 

SPOC Consultation:(Monday to  Friday 9am to 5pm) 0208 726  6464 where professionals with  safeguarding responsibilities  can consult early help  

consultants or social workers in  the SPOC for advice on non urgent cases. 

Out of hours:5pm - 9am  

Monday- Friday, 24 hours  Saturday, Sunday and bank  holidays 0208 726 6400