At The Florence Nightingale Academy we are committed to safeguarding all the children. We play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. School staff have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.

We safeguard children by:

  • creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
  • ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children
  • making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
  • teaching children and young people about staying safe
  • maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry/problem.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

The Designated Safeguarding Leads for The Florence Nightingale Academy are:

Lucy BaxterLucy Baxter
Headteacher and DSL


Michelle ChauhanMichelle Chauhan
Assistant Head teacher and Deputy DSL


Dru WhittakerDru Whittaker
Deputy DSL



The following policies are related to Safeguarding and Child Protection:

Additional Safeguarding information can be found with the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Concerns and urgent help

If you think a child is at risk of abuse, you must report this to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) using the form on their website.

If you have urgent concerns for a child, or suspect that a child has been abused in any way, please call MASH immediately on 0300 500 80 80.  If you require an urgent response outside of working hours (8.30-17.00), contact the MASH Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 4564546.

In an emergency, call 999. To report a crime, call 101.


Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

 Young Person’s Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children
From the Office of the Children’s Rights Director