Honywood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every learner both inside and outside the school premises.

We aim to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of that individual child and strive to make sure that every learner feels secure and well cared for.

All members of Honywood School understand and are committed to the vital contribution that all trustees, staff, parents/carers and learners can make to safeguarding children. Every member of staff has a collective recognition of the importance of providing an environment that helps children feel safe and respected and promotes a culture that encourages children to talk openly and have the confidence they will be listened to.

At Honywood School, our Safeguarding Team is committed to providing the best possible care and support for all learners but if you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child please make contact the school immediately.

Kerry Nichols – Designated Safeguarding Lead can be contacted by email [email protected] or on 01376 564 719 (Direct Line). Other members of the Senior Leadership Team are also part of the safeguarding team, please see names and pictures below.

Our curriculum is designed to create awareness in learners of safeguarding issues and how to deal with them. Issues are covered in the PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) programme, our assembly programme and during daily learning group sessions and more generally throughout the curriculum. All staff and learners receive e-safety advice to raise awareness of the new challenges relating to the internet with the aim to reduce its misuse, including social media sites and to minimise the incidents of cyberbullying and its effects.

Training of all staff in identifying, reporting procedures and dealing with such issues is regular and thorough. We will continue to ensure that all our staff, other professionals, parents/carers and learners work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. All staff understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.

Out of hours support

For support and information please contact: 
Essex Children and Families Hub 
0345 603 7627 

If a child is at immediate risk of harm call the Children & Families Hub and ask for the 'Priority Line', or call the Police.

0345 606 1212 or email: [email protected]

YOUNG MINDS  - text YM to 85258, or

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service 

0300 300 1600 to get in touch directly. For the out of hours crisis support, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 and ask for the EWMHS Crisis Support Service

Childline 08001111


CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them. If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex, asking to share images or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.

This might be someone:
●  Making you have sex when you donʼt want to
●  Chatting about sex online
●  Asking you to meet up face to face if youʼve only met them online
●  Asking you to do sexual things on camera
●  Asking for sexual pictures of you
●  Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe
If this is happening to you, or you’re worried that it might be, you can report this to CEOP