Designated Safeguarding Lead: Katie Rutter
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Suzie Day
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): Marie Pettman

The Safeguarding Team

Outwood Grange Academy has a committed team of Senior Leaders who are trained as Advanced Designated Safeguarding leads or ‘DSL’. Katie Rutter is the Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead and oversees all aspects of safeguarding within the academy.

Each of the DSL team also takes responsibility for leading on emerging local and national issues and ensures our curriculum, enrichment and assembly programme promotes proactive safeguarding to all students.


Katie Rutter
Designated Safeguarding Lead


Suzie Day
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Lauren Knowles
Assistant Principal – Director of Post 16


Nicky Thomas, Vice Principal


Richard Larder,
Vice Principal DSL


Christina Woods,
Associate Assistant Principal DSL


Lee Woods,
Assistant Principal DSL


Andrea Beckett,
PA to the Principal


Shaz Shaghir,
Attendance and Welfare Office DSL

The Young People’s Safeguarding Charter

Outwood Grange Academy is fully committed to the Young People’s Charter, which all schools, academies and colleges have signed up to. It outlines the role we play in supporting and safeguarding young people in our care. It also ensures a student-friendly vocabulary is used when dealing often difficult issues. Outwood Grange Academy also has a student friendly version of our OGAT Safeguarding Policy to ensure everyone can access this most important information. Click image below for more information.

Community Links

Following our last Ofsted inspection, we communicated to you that we would not be complacent and continue to work to ensure that your child receives the best possible educational experience at Outwood Grange Academy. With this in mind, and a focus on behaviour and community relationships we have access to a Safer Schools Partnership (Police) Officer (SSP). The post of a SSPO has become standard practice in our other academies, and having seen the benefits that this post brings to the students and the community. We work closely with West Yorkshire Police to focus on the whole Outwood community in relation to building links and establishing a culture of proactive safeguarding. Through our community policing links, the safeguarding team have worked on some key issues in terms of sexualisation of young people and anti-social behaviour. We hope that the relationship long continues.

E-Safety and Cyber Bullying

Safety online and awareness of social media is a central part of our safeguarding education. Understanding the ‘on-line’ world can be quite confusing and we want to send accurate messages about safe Internet usage. There are many opportunities for us to engage with students about E-Safety: in IT lessons, through the Life curriculum, article writing in English, discussions in VMGs and assemblies are just a selection of the forums used to discuss these issues.

We value the relationship we have with parents, carers and the local community. The academy twitter feed is a platform used to promote E-safety messages, address emerging local and national issues as well as to model ‘good practice’ in terms of social media usage. Each week the academy tweets the ‘Votes for Schools’ topics being debated in VMG time so that parents/carers can keep up to date with the discussions with students. Our website is also a platform through which the academy can promote E-Safety and anti-bullying messages. Frequently, the Wakefield Safeguarding Board will ask the academy to share key information that is pertinent to the Wakefield area as well as issues devolved from government. On our Health and Wellbeing page a full list of the local offer to support students, parents and carers can be found here

Safer Internet Day 2019 was marked globally on 5th February 2019 with over 21, 000 schools, academies, colleges and businesses promoting ‘Together for a Better Internet’. At Outwood Grange Academy students had a week of assemblies focusing on sharing personal data and safe internet practices.

As part of our commitment to academy-community links, the full assembly was then shared with parents on our Twitter feed and website.

Also during Safer Internet Day, VMG students explored the topic of looking at data shared by social media apps and asking students if they read ‘the terms and conditions’ when signing up. Students were really engaged when discussing whether social media companies are ethical and transparent in their practices.

Golden Rules to Safe Internet Browsing

  • Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.
  • Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult if meeting an online friend in person.
  • Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friends houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games console.
  • Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.
  • Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it.
  • If they have a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.
  • Further information about screen time is okay for your child can be found here

What to Look for on a Website

  • The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
  • We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.
  • Look out for good websites that have the button built in.
  • Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct:

House Party
Please click here for information about staying safe on House Party.

Tik Tok

Please click here or here for information about staying safe on Tik Tok.

Online Bullying/Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

  • Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.
  • If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
  • Use the image linked below to find out more about support on offer in the Wakefield District.

Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber Bullying?

Extremism and Radicalisation.

Click the image below for Parents, Teachers and School Leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

Below are some useful links from the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Board website that can support students/parents/carers living with the effects of problems linked to safeguarding. Outwood Grange Academy accesses many of these services to support students but these sites are for parents and carers too. Again, further advice on issues linked to Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found on our dedicated page.

Wakefield & District Safeguarding Board Strategic Aims

The Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB) is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people living in Wakefield. Follow the link below to find out more.

Here are some of the most prominent issues for students in secondary education. The website contains advice, guidance and case studies to illustrate how to make the right choices and remain safe. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about any of these issues. Alternatively they can speak to any member of staff who will refer them to a member of the safeguarding team.

Drugs and Alcohol advice

Substance and alcohol abuse can affect many people and our role is to listen and offer support through the Wakefield Safeguarding services. Click the image below for more information on this issue as well as a link to ‘Change, Grow, Live – a charity that the academy works closely with when supporting your people and families. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Change, Grow, Live – local charity who support young people and families dealing with alcohol and drug misuse.

‘Talk about alcohol’ is a fantastic service found on the Wakefield & District Safeguarding Website. The website helps young people and families explore the issues surrounding alcohol use and how to deal with it when it becomes a problem. Click on the link below to find out more. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Understanding Substances and Legal Highs
The Wakefield & District Safeguarding board has further information on issues surrounding legal highs. Click on the link below for more information. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Forced marriages

Outwood Grange Academy is committed to ensuring the safety of all students and ensuring that they are free to make choices. There has been a massive drive nationally to raise awareness of forced marriages and what to do if you are concerned or worried that you or someone you know maybe affected. The video below gives some real-life cases to help illustrate this issue. The hyperlink below takes you to further information. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Hate Crime Campaign

Outwood Grange Academy is committed to this very important issued. Through assemblies and Life curriculum the importance of understanding
the law around ‘hate crime’. Hate crime is illegal and it is important students understand the consequences of their actions. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Domestic abuse

Outwood Grange Academy supports any student affected by domestic abuse. The image below offer some really good advice for anyone at risk or suffering from domestic abuse. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.Childline is a free 24 hour phone-line that anyone can ring if they are concerned or need help 08001111. Childline offers support on a wide range of issues affecting children and young people. There is more information on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

Sexting – Jack’s Story

Sexting is an issue that has emerged since the growth of social media and access to a range of technologies. The most important message here is to speak up if you are concerned. We are here to help and will always treat student and parent/carer concerns in the utmost confidence. The image below is a case study of a student ‘Jack’ and offers an insight into his ‘Sexting Story’. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual safeguarding is an issue which has been identified recently as an emerging issue for young people. Contextual safeguarding deals with peer-on-peer abuse and how vulnerable young people can be affected. Contextual Safeguarding was developed by colleagues at the University of Bedford. Outwood Grange Academy hosted the Wakefield Safeguarding forum when Joanne Walker from the University of Bedford spoke about this issue and strategies for schools. Outwood Grange Academy is signed up to the Contextual Safeguarding Network and actively promotes the strategies that can be used to tackle this issue. The image is connected to the Contextual Safeguarding website if you would like more information. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

County Lines

County lines is a police term for the child criminal exploitation (CCE) of young people and teenagers by gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.

Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’. County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons. The diagram above shows the signs to watch out for if you suspect someone you know has been affected by CCE or County Lines.

The You tube video below gives more information on what ‘County Lines’ is, how it affects young people and families. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.


Domestic Abuse

Please click here for information regarding domestic abuse.