Safeguarding and Child Protection

Oaklands School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 (Section 157 for Independent Schools and Academies) of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to Social Care via the Tower Hamlets LADO (Designated Person for Child Protection to refer).

This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the school including governors. Teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, secretaries as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child.  Concerned parents/carers may also contact the school and its governors.

It is consistent with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.

For more information please click on the documents below: 

Safeguarding Team

Mr Jason Bonning, Associate Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Ruhena Begum, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Oaklands School is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where children feel safe and are kept safe.

All adults at Oaklands recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s duty of care to ensure the safeguarding and welfare of students irrespective of the role they undertake.

In adhering to this policy, the procedures therein, staff and visitors will contribute to Oaklands delivery of the outcomes to all children as set out in the Government’s statutory guidance "Keeping Children Safe in Education document 2019" and “Tackling Extremism in the UK” DfE’s Teaching Approach that help build Resilience to Extremism among young people”.

The physical, mental health and emotional well-being of children; the protection of children from harm and neglect; the education, training and recreation of children; the contribution made by them to society; and their social and economic well-being.

For a detailed report on Safeguarding and Child Protection and Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation please contact the school.

Supporting Pupils With Medical Conditions

Children and Families at school with medical conditions: statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England, DfE Sept 2014 SEND Code of Practice, DfE 2014, Mental Health and behaviour in schools: departmental advice for school staff, DfE. June 2014, Equalities Act 2010, Schools Admissions Code, DfE 1 Febuary 2010. This policy should be read in conjunctions with the following schools: SEN Policy / Public Sector Equality Duty, Safeguarding Policy, Off-site Visits Policy, Complains Policy, Inclusion and Health and Safety Policy. The policy will be reviewed annually.

For further information or a detailed report please contact the school.

Sex and Relationships Education Policy


The aim of this policy is to clarify the provision of sex and relationships education to all students (including education about HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases) and the teaching of human growth, pregnancy (particularly issues of teenage pregnancy), parenting, and reproduction as set out in the National Curriculum.  Sex and relationships education will be delivered as an explicit part of the PSHEE programme of study in Years 7 – 11 and through the Drop-Down Days.

Statutory Duty of Schools

Oaklands will ensure that students are taught about sex and relationships, the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and for bringing up children, and that students will be protected from teaching materials which are inappropriate, having regard to the age and cultural background of the students concerned.

For more detailed information on Sex and Relationship Education Policy please contact the school.