Figure of Eight Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment.
Figure of Eight Education fully recognises its responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection. Our policies and procedures aim to ensure that all our students are safe and protected from harm and we work closely with all relevant outside agencies as safeguarding issues arise.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and we encourage all adults, both within our organisation and beyond to report anything which may be of concern. To view our safeguarding policy click the button below or contact the main office.
All external visitors who are meeting with students must have a current, enhanced DBS certificate. External agencies will be asked to provide Figure of Eight Education with the name of the person(s), together with their DBS certificate number and issue date before meeting with students. No visitor will be allowed to meet with a student alone unless we have verification of documentation. All visitors to the centre will be asked to sign in and out. They will be asked to read our visitor information, so please allow time for this.
Technology is changing at a fast pace, so it is important that we all keep up to date with e-safety. Figure of Eight Education is committed to ensuring that our students are educated in the areas of e-safety and use opportunities in lessons, through our PSHE curriculum to discuss areas of e-safety with our students and all students and staff sign an acceptable use contract. We must make sure that we support our students in understanding how to keep safe online.
Please click here for the Practical Guide for Parents and Carers Whose Children Are Using Social Medial issued by the government.
Accessing help & support
Figure of Eight Education offers students and their families a high level of support during hours in term time. Families who need to seek advice should contact the main office in the first instance who will refer the matter to the appropriate person. During evenings, weekends and holiday times, anyone with concerns should contact the organisations listed below.
If you have any worries about a child’s safety or welfare, in the first instance speak to a Contact Officer at the Southend Contact Centre. The Contact Officer will then notify the First Response Team of your concerns.
Safeguarding Contact Information
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - LISA SHERBON
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) - NICK SWEENEY
Contact numbers: 01702 567078 or 07733 366 533