Avenue Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We place the safeguarding of our children at the heart of all we do. We comply with the Local Authority School Safeguarding arrangements which encompass ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2023′ and all subsequent guidance issued by the DFE.

We are also engaged with Operation Encompass, a partnership with the Metropolitan Police.
Safeguarding describes the actions taken to promote the welfare and development of children and protect them from harm, abuse or maltreatment. Child Protection is a part of safeguarding and refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Staff, volunteers, pupils and governors at Avenue Primary School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. Through our curriculum, we teach children to stay safe and happy. We endorse the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and encourage children to share their concerns with a trusted emotionally available adult to them.

Robust safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff. This means that all concerns are passed through trained designated members of staff responsible for safeguarding and child protection. We are committed to multi-agency working in order to ensure best outcomes for pupils and family.

We have safer recruitment procedures in place, to help ensure that all staff working at school share this commitment.

Key Contacts

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children Looked After – Mr Lee Franklin-Lewis: Deputy Head Teacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ms Lovely Khatun: Inclusion Assistant Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ms Meriem Hassane: Home to School Support Worker
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ms Katie Hyland: Pastoral Manager
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ms Shan Ali: SENDCo
  • Safeguarding Link Governor – Ms Geetha Unnithan
  • Children Looked After Link Governor – Mr Denis Shea
  • LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) – Mr Nick Pratt

If you have any questions about Safeguarding, or would like to report a safeguarding concern for a pupil, please speak to one of the key school contacts listed above. You can contact them via our school office number 020 8553 5682 or via

Alternatively, you can speak directly to Newham Children’s Social Care on 020 3373 4600 (option 3).


If you think a child is in immediate danger, don’t delay! Call the Police on 999, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

If you are a child who is worried about yourself or someone else call Childline on 0800 11 11. Please click on the links below to view more information.  They will open in a new window.

Keeping Children Safe in Education, statutory guidance
London Child Protection procedures
Working Together to Safeguard Children
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused
Information about Operation Encompass
Newham’s threshold document


Useful Links

Click on the links to view more information. They will open in a new window.

Education against hate
Internet matters


Early Help

Early Help, also known as early intervention, is support given to a family when a problem first emerges. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person’s life. All Staff are trained to be alert, to be prepared to provide Early Help and to raise this need to the Safeguarding team. There are particular groups of pupils and families who may have a greater need for Early Help support than others.

Avenue Primary School has a Home to School Support Worker who is assigned to provide school based Early Help work. You can contact them via our school office number 020 8553 5682 or via

For pupils and families needing more detailed support or multiple agency support, all Local Authorities have an Early Help service. In Newham, there is an Early Help Hub and a detailed Local Families Offer.