Schools are charged with maintaining a safe, supportive environment which protects the rights and needs of children at all times. School staff have regular contact with children and young people, and a responsibility to help to identify signs of children in need of additional support or protection accordingly.

Together, these responsibilities are called safeguarding.

At Clover Leys Academy, the safety and welfare of our children is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise our safeguarding responsibilities to include:

  • creating a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices;
  • ensuring that adults who work in school, including volunteers, are able to work with children safely, and are properly trained and equipped to do so;
  • teaching children and young people to stay safe; and
  • maintaining an environment in which children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.


As part of our safeguarding delivery The Clover Leys Spencer Academy follows the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures ( and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).

Links to safeguarding resources used in school can be found here.


CEOP Reporting

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Click here to view our Safeguarding Policy

Clover Leys Spencer Academy is committed to creating and maintaining a happy and safe environment for our children to form relationships, learn and have fun. Our vision is, ‘Growing Together, Learning Forever.’  Making sure that everyone in our school community is safe is an essential prerequisite if children are to demonstrate this.

At Clover Leys Spencer Academy, we have a Safeguarding Team, listed below, but also regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between academy and families.

To find out the approaches we take to safeguard children and to find information about our approach to pastoral support, e-safety and our policies and procedures, please see below.


Safeguarding Team

  • Rebecca Chapman – Designated Safeguarding Lead –
  • Tracy Moore and Brogan Begley– Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and broganbegley@cloverleysspencer

If the school is closed our safeguarding leads can be contacted on the above email addresses.

Alternatively, you can Call Derbyshire for urgent concerns: 01629 533190

SDAT – Stopping Domestic Abuse Together

Clover Leys Spencer Academy is part of a project called Stopping Domestic Abuse Together. The initiative has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.

The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is available to liaise with children’s services and the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.

In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.

The Key Adult at Clover Leys Spencer Academy is Rebecca Chapman.

If we receive an SDAT notification we will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.

All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.

The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.

Our aim is to support children and their families.

Safeguarding Information

Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. At Clover Leys, we have two members of staff who have received advanced safeguarding training.

The academy has a policy on Safeguarding, which has been agreed by the Spencer Academies Trust. We also refer regularly to the Keeping Children Safe in Education document, which highlights important safeguarding information. As an academy, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children’s Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged.

The academy has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the academy has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the academy will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.

Clover Leys Spencer uses the support of Derbyshire Early Help to support and inform safeguarding concerns.

Early Help Offer 

School takes very seriously the appointing of new staff and follows the ‘Safer Recruitment’ advice from the Spencer Academies Trust. Our staff and volunteers are CRB checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe.

Contact During the School Holidays

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child during school holidays, please email: This account is monitored daily on weekdays during school holidays only. To report safeguarding concerns during term time only, please use the contact details below.

If you have concerns about a child’s immediate safety, please contact the police on 999 if it is an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. Safeguarding concerns can also be reported anonymously to the NSPCC whistleblowing line on 0800 028 0285.