Child Protection & Safeguarding

We work faithfully and coherently with Forest House Adolescent Unit in securing the best practices and support for each of our young people at the centre.

In addition,
We are vigilant in looking for signs of:
* Neglect
* Emotional Abuse
* Sexual Abuse
* Physical Abuse
* Radicalised behaviours

At FHEC every member of staff and volunteer signs an agreement to uphold the requirements of the DfE's publication, Keeping Children Safe in Education. The values of keeping children safe are embedded in our child-focused culture and ethos.

Child Protection & Safeguarding Responsibilities at FHEC:

  • Every adult in FHEC is responsible for child protection and is trained to look out for signs of neglect and abuse
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at FHEC is Lyn Mastroddi who coordinates our safeguarding provision
  • The Deputy DSL is: Mr Stephen Hoult-Allen (Executive Headteacher)

  • The Police on 999
  • Children’s Services – 0300 1234043
  • SOOHS (Out of Hours Service-Children’s Services) – 0300 1234043
  • Any member of staff in school, including those identified above

If you or your child are being targeted online contact the police at CEOP. For more information about keeping safe, click here for Safe Kids

The NSPCC website is also clear and provides helpful advice.

Families First is Hertfordshire's programme of early help services for families.

Senior staff in the school work with the relevant local agencies, including the local Safeguarding Children Board. Pupils at the school are supervised at all times by qualified and experienced staff. Named staff are qualified first aiders and there is a clear procedure to document and inform parents of any accident or injury sustained at the school. Through social skills development, each pupil learns to treat others with respect and any form of bullying is taken seriously.

FHEC staff have in-depth training on a regular basis to remind everyone of the procedures for identifying and reporting issues of neglect/abuse that may likely constitute a child protection matter. Staff are also trained to identify and report children suspected of being 'radicalised' through a national programme called 'Prevent' (Please scroll down for more information).

All our staff, supply staff, volunteers and those working with our children have Enhanced DBS checks and against police systems to ascertain whether they are barred from working with children. All staff (permanent and temporary) are fully inducted by the school as part of our stringent Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures. The form staff use to report any concerns to the DSL is below:

NSPCC whistleblowing helpline is available for staff:
Staff can call: 0800 028 0285 – line is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday to Friday and Email:

Guidance for Safer Working Practices are Followed by FHEC staff in Order to Keep Children & Young People Safe:


Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Hertfordshire:

Security is a high priority at FHEC because of the vulnerable nature of the young people. All visitors must sign in at reception prior to entering any part of the building, their ID checked and must be escorted at all times Visitors are advised about our procedures on our website and upon arrival and ID is required in accordance with our safeguarding policies


Anti-Radicalisation is concerned with the prevention of children and adults engaging in radicalized interests and behaviours.

Every member of FHEC staff has been trained in Prevent - learning about identification and early intervention to prevent the escalation of extremism.

An online e-training package by the Government Home Office has been made available, accessed by the link below for people wanting to know more indepth information about the Prevent programme.
Prevent E-Learning Course