Policies & Procedures

Child Protection and Safeguarding Children

Designated Safeguarding Officer: Arabella Hardy

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Stacey Green, Dean Ismail, Peter Clayton, Kara Barnard, Rob Rix and Tricia Freake

Acorn Park School has Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures, policy documents and a training programme that incorporates Government and Policy Legislation. Staff are given a copy of the Child Protection Procedures. Staff receive annual training from an outside consultant. Parents/carers, social workers, placing authorities and other significant people are offered a copy of the Child Protection policy.

Acorn Park provides policy guidance, which sets out clear guidelines and expectations in the school with regards to appropriate relationships between all staff and the children. At Acorn Park we provide a very caring and professional setting in which the children will be given full emotional support without it being detrimental to their safety and well-being. All staff are aware of their responsibilities for Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

Acorn Park has a duty of care and therefore a responsibility to pass on any child protection and safeguarding concerns to the relevant children’s social care services.

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Download our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy


We take all complaints seriously. We have a full complaints policy and procedure which is available from the school office or for download below. Initial complaints should be made to the Principal, Robert Bates on 01953 888 656 or via email to admin@acornpark.org.uk. If the complaint is concerning the Principal please contact Richard Power,  Director for Education on 01204 522667.

Academic year 2016/17 – 4 complaints

Academic year 2017/18  – 1 complaint

Academic year 2018/19  –  1 complaint

Complaints Policy

Full details of the following policies are available on request by contacting the school office:

  • Anti-bullying
  • Disability discrimination
  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety
  • Off-Site Visits