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Highlands School

Highlands School

Safeguarding information for students

We have a dedicated team of safeguarding staff to support our students.

  • A school councillor 

  • A family liaison officer

  • A welfare assistant 

  • A behaviour mentor 

  • A designated safeguarding lead 

  • A safeguarding team 


There are a variety of issues that students could be exposed to.

  • Child's sexual exploitation (Child sexual exploitation is a type of child sexual abuse).

  • County lines (County lines is the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people).

  • Peer on peer abuse (Peer-on-peer abuse can take various forms and include bullying, relationship abuse, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, and/or gender-based violence).

  • Mental health (Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being).

  • FGM (Female genital mutilation 'FGM' involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or another injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons).

  • Grooming (Grooming techniques can lead to other types of abuse).

  • Sharing of inappropriate images (As students start to explore the Internet, they may come across content that isn't suitable for their age group or that may upset them or worry them).

  • Sexual harassment (Sexual harassment is unwanted attention of a sexual nature).


Some common signs a student has been exposed to safeguarding issues include:

  • displaying disruptive or anti-social behaviour

  • being bullied or bullying others

  • having low attendance at school

  • being involved in, or at risk of, offending

  • having poor general health

  • having anxiety, depression or other mental health issues

  • misusing drugs or alcohol

  • having a particularly challenging relationship with parents

  • appearing to be unusually independent of their parents

  • experiencing difficulties at home

For more information about safeguarding issues, visit NSPCC.


If there is a safeguarding concern about a student, please contact our designated safeguarding lead without delay at staysafe@highlearn.uk. This email can also be used for any welfare issues relating to students. 

If the school cannot be contacted, please contact Enfield Children’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 020 8379 5555.

If a student is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away. 

Talk to someone:

  • if you feel upset or worried about anything at all (even if you think it is not important)

  • if you feel sad, anxious or unable to cope

  • if someone has hurt you physically, emotionally or mentally

  • if you feel worried about someone at home

  • if you are being threatened or forced to do things

  • if someone has done something to you without your consent

  • if you feel unsafe in school, at home or on the streets

  • about anything else worrying you

Helpful websites and numbers

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC help line: 0808 800 5000

The police: (if you are in danger): 999

LGBT switchboard: 0300 330 0630

Kooth: (www.kooth.com) support service for student wellbeing

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub:  0300 500 80 90

Barnardos: 0800 008 7005