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We believe that in order for our pupils to be safeguarded effectively, we must foster and sustain a clear culture of safeguarding across the Treetops Learning Community.

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

As part of our collective mission to keep our pupils safe in education, we work in close partnership with many other agencies including, health providers, authority and social services, all of which share our commitment in safeguarding children and young adults. Please click here to view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Key Personnel

The Named Designated Safeguarding Lead for child protection:

  • Mr Tom Smith (Deputy Headteacher Treetops School)

  • Mr Ben Hawes (Deputy Headteacher Free School)

The Designated Safeguarding Leads by area are:

  • Mrs Beccy Fry (Assistant Headteacher) – DSL for KS1/2 and KS3/4 Grow

  • Mrs Lucy Meek (Assistant Headteacher) – DSL for KS3/4 MLD & KS5

  • Mrs Jane Flatt (VB Manager) – DSL for VB

Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Mr Jon Brewer (Headteacher Treetops School)

  • Mr Anthony Hattam (Headteacher Free School)

  • Mr Ben Hawes (Deputy Headteacher Free School)

  • Mr Tom Smith (Deputy Headteacher Treetops School)

  • Mrs Sara Peaford-Smith (Specialist Speech & Language Lead)

The nominated governor:

  • Mr Alan Peaford

If you have any concerns, please email:

Tel: 01375 803300 – Treetops Free School


Operation Encompass


We are part of Operation Encompass, a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.


The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.


Further information about the scheme can be found here Operation Encompass website


Department for Education resources


The Treetops Learning Community work closely with the Local Authority to keep young people safe. Please find a link to the Thurrock Safeguarding Children Partnership. This website will inform you of all that Thurrock is doing to safeguard young people as well as pointing adults in the right direction if they want to report concerns about a child.


Please find below links to supporting material:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
    Advice and help on child safety for parents

  • Get Safe Online
    Advice and help about online safety

    Advice, guidance and support

  • Educate Against Hate
    Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism

  • Childline
    What to do if you are bullied online

  • Internet matters
    Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

  • Parent info
    Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

  • Keeping children safe online
    Support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

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