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Safeguarding children is the responsibility of everyone. If you have concerns about a child, please ask to speak to Darryl Jones (Special Academy) or Sue Dalton (Alternative Academy), they are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and can be contacted on 01226 291133.

  • Darryl Jones
  • Sue Dalton

    If Darryl or Sue are not available, please ask to speak to one of our Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Jade Amos, Fay Crossland, Steve Devoy, Vicky Fieldhouse or Elena Rolph.
  • Jade Amos
  • Fay Crossland
  • Steve Devoy
  • Vicky Fieldhouse
  • Elena Rolph


Dan Foster is Associate Executive Principal and has responsibility for safeguarding across the three specialist provisions of Greenacre, Joseph Norton Academy and Springwell Learning Community.
If you have a concern about a member of staff or an adult’s behaviour towards a child, please ask to speak to the Executive Principal (Sarah Wilson).
If you have a concern about the Executive Principal, please ask to speak with the Chair of Governors (George Wild).


Please see our Policies page for the Safeguarding Children Policy

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and South Yorkshire Police. This project is known as Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools when a child under 18 may have been affected by a domestic incident. This will be done by the start of the next school day.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a specifically trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed. The DSL can then use the information, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child. The school may be able to make provisions or adjustments to assist the young person.

Our school is keen to offer the best support possible to all of our young people and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Operation Encompass is a national initiative, already in place in many local authority areas across England. We are confident that the initiative will further strengthen our ability to safeguard and emotionally support those children and young people affected by domestic violence.

If you would like to know more, please speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or visit the Operation Encompass website at

Please click on the link below to see the NSPCC help and advice on Safeguarding and Whistleblowing.

The Prevent Duty

Springwell Learning Community recognises and responds to its duty to protect our learners from the risk of radicalisation under the Prevent duty. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and their Deputy have undertaken Prevent training in line with the Prevent duty to protect children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation. All staff at Springwell Learning Community are required to attend a workshop to raise awareness of Prevent. This forms part of a rolling programme of staff training associated with safeguarding. Please click on the link below regarding the Government’s publication on preventing children from radicalisation – The Prevent duty.
Please click on this link for A Guide for Parents

Other Information and Advice

Please also see links below for further information and advice regarding;

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Forced Marriage
Keeping Children Safe in Education


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