Information for Parents & Carers


Safeguarding our students is a priority at Thriftwood. Our policies and practices ensure that our students are monitored effectively and are able to develop in a safe and supportive environment.

At Thriftwood, we follow Essex Guidelines for Child Protection (SET), found at Essex Safeguarding Children Board.

All volunteers and visitors should be aware of our procedures for safeguarding children. Our policies include:

  • Child Protection
  • Anti Bullying
  • Behaviour for Learning incorporating the Use of Reasonable Force
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Equal Opportunities

Responsibilies for Safeguarding

At Thriftwood College
Child Protection (1), Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lisa Walker, College Lead

Child Protection (2), Deputy DSL
Janine Cavey - Pastoral & Family Engagement Manager

Child Protection (3), Deputy DSL
Frances Satterley - Pastoral Support Manager

At Thriftwood School
Child Protection (1),  Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ruth Saban - School Lead

Child Protection (2), Deputy DSL
Mina Hussain - Pastoral & Pupil Support Lead

Governor for Safeguarding
Cathryn Adams
email c/o:

Should you have any queries about Safeguarding at Thriftwood, please contact any of the above.


Information and advice for anyone dealing with bullying can be found by visiting the National Bullying Helpline website by clicking this link:National Bullying Helpline

All bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. It can affect anyone and we are all potential targets - whether we are adult, child or the bullying is at school, in the community, at work, on line or at home. Most people understand bullying as behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that is intended to hurt another individual or group either physically or emotionally.

If you are struggling with bullying, harassment, cyberbullying or anti-social behaviour issues, we hope this website will enable you to identify solutions and remedies along with practical help.

Education against Hate

Please follow the link to a new, interactive website created by HM Government, The Home Office and DfE to support parents, teachers and school when education against radicalisation and extremism. Please click HERE

Keeping Safe on the Internet

It’s not always easy to know what’s safe online and what’s not. The advice found on the Childline website can help you to keep safe and to know what to do when things go wrong.  Please click the link below to visit their website.

Childline-Safety online

Knife Crime

If you are concerned that your child may be involved in knife crime or simply want to make them aware of the dangers to prevent their involvement please click the link below to read a parent/carers guide to knife crime. Parent/carers guide to knife crime

Cannabis Edibles

'Edibles' are food products that may contain cannabis. They very often look just like regular sweets. To find out more information please click on the presentation below. It is a good idea to discuss such issues with your child so they are aware of the dangers and other implications. 

Presentation on 'Edibles'

Essex Child & Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS)

HCRG Care Group deliver a ‘Family Hub’ service in partnership with Barnardo’s across Essex. It is named locally as the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) and it is commissioned by Essex County Council (ECC).

The services provided by the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service began on 01 April 2017. 

Further information can be found by clicking HERE

Sharing of nude/semi-nude photos

Children sharing nude/semi-nude pictures is an increasing problem. Please click on the link below to read some really helpful parental advice on this issue. 

7 questions parents ask about nude selfies


The results of our 2018-2019 Pupil Survey can be found by clicking HERE


March 2021 Family Bulletin - Child Exploitation