At Sevenoaks Prep the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Helen Cook (Head of Pre-Prep and Acting Deputy Head) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Louisa Rowland (EYFS Lead), Caroline Mansfield ( Learning Support Department), Sophie Fuller (Art Teacher and Wellbeing Co-ordinator) and Laura Young (Year 2 Teacher).

As individuals working with children we all have a care of duty to safeguard and protect.

Our objectives are:

  • to identify children who are suffering from or are likely to suffer significant harm, and take appropriate action to make sure they are safe
  • to provide a safe environment for children to learn
  • to help children to understand the nature of abuse and who may abuse
  • to provide them with knowledge, develop their confidence to report abuse and building positive personal, social and emotional skills


Keeping Everyone Safe

Adults visiting or working at Sevenoaks Prep play an important part in the life of our school. We can all play a part in keeping children safe whilst working on or visiting the school site, whether directly employed by the school or working as a volunteer.

Whilst in school you may be approached by a child who wants to talk to you about something that is concerning them. You may notice something that concerns you about a child, an unexplained bruise or the physical condition the child is in. In this case to protect both you and the child, you must report anything of concern to Helen Cook, Louisa Rowland, Caroline Mansfield, Sophie Fuller or Laura Young.

If you are approached by a child wanting to talk, you should listen positively and reassure the child. Helping the child when abuse is disclosed.

If, in the unlikely event, a child makes a disclosure to you, be prepared to listen and comfort.

  • Stay calm and controlled.
  • Do not make false promises e.g. that you will keep the abuse a secret or that no one else will be involved.
  • Do not question a child, try to limit your involvement to listening.


Contact Information

Helen Cook

(Designated Safeguarding Lead)

01732 764834

Louisa Rowland

(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Caroline Mansfield

(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Sophie Fuller

(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Laura Young

(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)



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.


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