English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy takes its responsibilities for safeguarding children very seriously.

All staff and volunteers are subject to relevant checks.  Safeguarding concerns are reported to the Headteacher as the named person who will liaise with outside agencies.

Safeguarding Leaders

Gemma Ellis

Matthew Blurton

Helen McElhone

Emma Salt

Shannon Daykin

If you need to contact any of the above members of staff please contact school on 0115 9733209 and ask for a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If you wish to report a concern out of school hours or at a weekend please use the following email address

Email us:

If a child or young person is in immediate danger

Call 999

Useful Websites to support your child’s safety

Think U Know – Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the Internet.

CEOP – News and articles surrounding Internet safety.

Action For Children – Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.


English Martyrs’ Early Help Offer

From time to time, we all go through situations which are difficult to cope with. We often hear about families who are struggling and are in need of support. This is where our Pastoral team are standing by to support our families.

At these times, we need help and advice but finding the right department or agency can be a minefield. Our offer gives parents a framework for asking for support. Our team are able to support families by providing signposting to parents and families with services who can help. This may be completing a Derbyshire Early Help Assessment, providing access to our Esteem partners in the FASST Team  Family And Student Support Team (FAAST) (, making contact with the SENDCo, behaviour support services, ELSA, Nurture, Youth Connect 5 parent workshops, bereavement counselling, health advice, support completing additional paperwork for services or financial support. The list is not finite.

At English Martyrs’ we regularly link up families with such services in order to best support our pupils and their families. If in any doubt, please come and talk to us. We are here for you.

What is Early Help?

Our primary aim is to identify needs early and to make sure that appropriate support is put into place. ALL staff recognise their role in ensuring safeguarding practices for all children at all times as part of our whole school approach. We believe that information sharing and timely effective support can ensure that all children and families get a good start in life. Families may need support from a wide range of agencies.

We recognise that other agencies will be able to support families based on their specialised work. Therefore our role is often to signpost families to the resources that will best support their needs. Our school understands their responsibilities and as a school we will carry out our duties in ensuring the effectiveness of Early Help Services for pupils in accordance with the requirements of the Children Act 2004 and within the statutory guidance “Working Together 2018”.

In summary, these are to:

  • Identify children and their families who would benefit from Early Help
  • Undertake an assessment of the need for Early Help where this is appropriate
  • Ensure signposting of targeted Early Help services to address the assessed needs of a child and family which focuses on activity to significantly improve the outcomes for the child.
  • Share information on that provision which is consistent with the child’s welfare and with due regard to confidentiality.

Our Early Help Approach

  • Hearing what children have to say and using the voice of the child. We treat what the children share with us seriously, and value what they say.
  • Hearing what parents/carers have to say and signposting support agencies.
  • Using the Early Help Assessment where needed. This starts with an Early Help conversation. As a parent or carer you will chat with a member of the SMSC team about your family’s situation and they will let you know what sort of help is available. This conversation might lead to an Early Help Assessment (EHA). This is how we get a full picture about the whole family.

It‘s your choice to take part in the assessment and you can choose who else should be involved. Every person and family is different, but an Early Help Assessment (EHA) will:

  • Help you see what’s going well and not so well for your family
  • Help you and others to see what support you might need
  • Create a picture of your family’s circumstances, which can be shared with your permission so you don’t have to repeat yourself to different workers
  • Help you to be part of a team of people working together on the same plan to get things going well again.

What happens after the Early Help Assessment?

With your permission, once a EHA has been completed, people from different organisations working with your family will share information and work together to help support you and your children.

Please contact Mrs Ellis or Miss Firth in the first instance if you feel you would like to explore any of the offer. or 0115 9733209


CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a  report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

If you have any safeguarding concerns about any of our students..


Call us on 0115 973 3209

Out of Hours

If you're concerned about the welfare of a child outside of school hours, please contact

Call Derbyshire – 01629 533190