Child Protection and Safeguarding Children

Designated Safeguarding Leads: Sandra Talbott

The Shires has Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures, policy documents and a training programme that incorporates Government and Policy Legislation. Staff are given a copy of the Child Protection Procedures. Staff receive annual training from an outside consultant. Parents/carers, social workers, placing authorities and other significant people are offered a copy of the Child Protection policy.

The Shires provides policy guidance, which sets out clear guidelines and expectations in the school with regards to appropriate relationships between all staff and the children. At The Shires we provide a very caring and professional setting in which the children will be given full emotional support without it being detrimental to their safety and well-being. All staff are aware of their responsibilities for Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

The Shires has a duty of care and therefore a responsibility to pass on any child protection and safeguarding concerns to the relevant children’s social care services.

Our safeguarding policy can be downloaded below

Shires Safeguarding Policy

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We take all complaints seriously. We have a full complaints policy and procedure which is available from the school office or for download below. Initial complaints should be made to the Principal Sandra M Talbott,  via telephone on 01780 411 944 or via email to If the complaint is concerning the Principal please contact Craig Ribbons, Assistant Director for Education on 01204 522667. An appeals process is included in this policy.

During the academic year 2017/18 there were 2 complaints at The Shires Stretton and 0 complaints at The Shires Oakham.





Full details of the following policies are available on request by contacting the school office

  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety