Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility

Lime Hills Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is our expectation that all staff, volunteers and members of the school community share this commitment. If you need to contact the safeguarding team please email: [email protected]

Safeguarding Team
Clara White
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ellie Street
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lis Jolley
Graina Pedersen
Mental Health Lead
Brigid Allen
Academy Council Chair
Kate Gillam
Academy Council Safeguarding Councillor


Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact our safeguarding team at [email protected] or through the main school line: 01275 595501 and request to speak with someone in the safeguarding team.

If, on the rare occasion that our core safeguarding team is unavailable, please report your concerns to the Principal or Vice Principal. You can also contact North Somerset Children’s Social Care directly on 01275 888808.

Concerns about Staff

Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the Principal. Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school or Chair of Governors you should contact the Designated Officer for Allegations (DOFA), Julie Bishop 01275 888808 [email protected]

Academy Site

If you have any concerns regarding the safety of the school site, please contact the Academy Operations Manager.


The councillors and school staff team are committed to keeping our children safe and we regularly review our school policies and procedures to ensure that everything is being done to fulfil our duty of care. All staff are familiar with the government’s guidance for schools – Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Safeguarding Policy can be found along with all other Academy Policies on the Policies page under the Key Information menu

Employment Requirements

We are an equal opportunities employer. At least one member of every interview panel has had Safer Recruitment training. All offers of employment are subject to a disclosure and barring check (DBS), medical clearance and satisfactory references.


At Lime Hills Academy we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology creatively and purposefully. A key aspect of this lies in being digitally literate. Online technologies play a huge role and so providing a broad and balanced e-safety education is vital to ensuring that students can navigate the online world safely and positively.


Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Incidents of extremism and radicalisation are rare and as such when they do occur, make the news. As with all safeguarding issues, it is important to be vigilant, and not complacent, but also not to panic.

What is extremism and radicalisation?

Prevent defines extremism as: “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. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces”

Radicalisation is defined by the UK Government within this context as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.”


We live in a wonderfully diverse world, with both differences and similarities to celebrate. Exploring religious and different social beliefs, in a peaceful and non-violent way, is part of growing up and should not be confused with something more sinister. The best way to PREVENT extremism and radicalisation is by open discussion and increased understanding of each other.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve physical contact and or noncontact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse including via the internet.

CSE can occur over time or be a one-off occurrence and may happen without the child’s immediate knowledge for example through others sharing videos or images of them on social media. CSE can affect any child who has been coerced into engaging in sexual activities. This includes 16- and 17-year-olds who can legally consent to have sex. Some children may not realise they are being exploited for example they believe they are in a genuine romantic relationship.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Whilst all staff should speak to the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) with regard to any concerns about female genital mutilation (FGM), there is a specific legal duty on teachers. If a teacher, in the course of their work in the profession, discovers that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18, the teacher must report this to the police.

Useful Links

Childhood challenges

Bullying : Bullying UK-

The National Bullying Helpline website and helpline is run by Volunteers. We are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. As a voluntary run organisation, we operate with limited resources and funds. Please be patient if you are unable to get through first time.

Freephone - 0300 323 0169
Telephone - 0845 225 5787

Eating Disorders: Beating Eating Disorders - Beat Eating Disorders

E-safety: Keeping safe online resources for parents available through Anna Freud.

UK Safer internet centre - guidance on safe use of the internet is available. - Safer Internet

Childnet - helping make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. - Childnet

Gender & identity (including LGBTQIA+) - Intercom trust support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities covering south west -  Intercom Trust

Helpline: 01392 201018

Mindline Trans+: is an out of hours confidential helpline that offers emotional support and information to anyone who identifies as a trans+ - Mindline Trans

Switchboard: Provides an information support and referral service for Lesbian, Gay men and bisexual and Trans people, including anyone considering issues around their sexuality - Switchboard

Low moods & Anxiety:

CALM we're Campaign against living miserably (CALM) and we're united against suicide - Calm

Cruse Bereavement Care: 08088081677 - Cruse

Harmless support people who self - harm, provide information about self-harm. Also raise awareness and challenges myths around self-harm. - Harmless

Kooth: An anonymous online community of young people finding their way to better mental health. Sign up for free. - Kooth

Off The Record: Offers mental health support for young people aged 11- 18 in north somerset. Offering free wellbeing support and information through different projects and services. - Off The Record

Mind in Somerset:  03003305463- Offer specialised 24hr support for coping with Bereavement after suicide - Mind in Somerset

OK Talk Counselling: Offering professional counselling services to families, young people and schools in North Somerset. - Ok Talk

Samaritans 116 123 Talk in confidence to a volunteer for a non - judgemental ear - Samaritans

WellSprings Wellspring: Provides affordable professional counselling for adults in North Somerset as well as donation - based counselling and low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy. (CBT) for young people aged 11 – 18 - Wellspring Counselling

Young Minds: 08088025544 digital guides for parents, professionals and young people on self - harm and parents' telephone helpline.  - Young Minds

Self Harm:

PAPYRUS: Prevention of suicide in young people. If they are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK ( for confidential support and practical advice. Free call or text - Papyrus

Stay Alive: Stay alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help stay safe. - Stay Alive

Suicide Prevention Bristol: Supportive listening service for anyone with thoughts of suicide. The team use skills in crisis intervention to start a dialogue and to encourage more hopeful solutions than suicide. In a life - threatening emergency, always call 999 first. - Suicide Prevention Bristol

Sexual Harassment:

Childline: 08001111, a specialist service fir young people under 18 who have experienced childhood sexual abuse - Childline

The Greenhouse: is a service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse - The Greenhouse

Kinergy: is a specialist counselling agency offering support for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. - Kinergy

Safeline: is a specialist charity for sexual abuse and rape. They offer counselling and support services for men, women and children who have been affected by sexual abuse and rape for those around them who may also need help. - Safeline

SARSAS: Somerset & Avon rape and sexual abuse support. Helpline: 08088010456(Women/girls) 08088010464 (Men/ Boys) - SARSAS


The Sleep charity is a national award-winning charity empowering the nation to sleep better. - The Sleep Charity

Substance Misuse:

Bristol Drugs Project: (BDP) is a charity providing harm reduction and treatment services to people experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol. - Bristol Drugs Project

We are with you: Free confidential support and information for alcohol, drugs and mental health - We are with you


There is a wealth of resources online to support wellbeing:

The Five ways to wellbeing are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing:

Be active
Take notice
Keep learning

Connect: Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.

Be active:  It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good

Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.

Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.

Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!

Anna Freud


Creative Youth Network

Ditch the Label

Happy Maps

HUBS in Worle


The Mix

Naturewell 16 - 25

NHS Wellbeing and coping

NSPCC - 08088025544

The Resilience Lab





Vita Minds

Young Minds Parent line

Young Somerset

Young Carers:

The children society: Services help young carers, families and those who work with young carers. - The Children Society

KIDS: Provide support to young carers underage of 18 whose lives are restricted in some way because they are supporting a person who is ill, has a disability, mental health or misusing a substance. - Kids

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