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Safeguarding at LPA

Mrs J. Grey - Children Looked-After Mentor
Mr C. Mawdsley - Designated Teacher for Looked After Children
Mr W. Day - Online Safety Officer

The Pastoral Team at Lydiard Park Academy consists of:

  • 7 teaching Heads of Year (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13)
  • 6 x Pastoral Support Assistants
  • School Counsellor
  • TaMHS (Targeted Mental Health Service)
  • Mental Health Trailblazer
  • Children Looked After Lead
  • SENDCo
  • ASC Centre Manager
  • Online Safety Officer

Heads of Year are continually monitoring student data and identifying any relevant pastoral support required throughout the year. As each Pastoral Support Assistant is non-teaching they are able to take parent calls and hold meetings throughout the school day.

The work/support carried out on a daily basis by the team is tailored to suit individual students to allow them to achieve to the best of their ability and overcome any barriers to learning that may be present.

We strongly believe in a multi-agency approach when working with identified students. We are fortunate to have access to the following agencies:

  • Locality School Nurse
  • Youth Engagements Workers
  • Police (Neighbourhood Policing & Specialist Departments)
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • On Trak - Counselling 
  • MASH - Multi agency safeguarding hub
  • Targeted Mental Health

If you wish to discuss anything in relation to Pastoral Support for your child, please contact their tutor.

External support including websites are also available in the resources section below.

A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Online Sexual Harassment - Everyone's Invited

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership

Parentzone- the experts in digital family life

Kidscape - Help with Bullying - Parent Advice Line


Here's a list of external resources which may be of interest.


CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying, fake accounts or account hacking.

We are here to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to us if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.  We take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.

As well as making a report to us, the CEOP Thinkuknow website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.


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LIFT Psychology offers a wide range of support, from psycho-educational courses to one-to-one intervention.   Courses are free and available to people registered with a GP in the Swindon area. 

The Healthy Mind course introduces Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) and is aimed specifically at 16 - 19 year olds. It will teach skills that can be used to help reduce difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger. 

For more information and to view the numerous courses offered by LIFT psychology:

Tel: 01793 836836


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Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's challenges.


Pregablin guidance PDF


Pregabalin advice

Pregabalin is a prescribed drug used in the treatment for Epilepsy, Neuropathic pain and Anxiety disorders. Some people use Pregabalin recreationally and consequently the effects are horrendous and life threatening. 

More information on Pregabalin can be downloaded here.


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SafeCall service (missing people) – Children and Young People

SafeCall is a free confidential service to children and young people who have regular missing episodes. They accept self-referrals from children and young people and referrals from external professionals and agencies (police, social services, schools, charities, youth organisations etc). SafeCall work closely with children, young people and their parents/carers to ensure that the risk of exploitation is minimised and ensure that information is shared between social workers, youth workers and other services that they may be receiving support from.

SafeCall offer a non-judgemental service to ensure these children/ young people have a safe space to talk about their experiences in confidence. They also support the families and carers of those who have missing episodes; providing them with emotional support and guidance. The operating hours for the SafeCall team are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm and they also have a free 24 hour helpline which is available should support be needed out of hours.


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Home alone during the summer holidays

The NSPCC has released figures from its helpline looking at calls from people worried that young children had been left at home unsupervised by a parent or carer during the summer holidays. Figures show that 849 referrals were made to the police during August 2017 by the helpline, a third of which were for children aged 5 or under. The NSPCC website includes tips and a tool to help parents and carers decide whether or not to leave their on their own for the first time this summer.

Source: NSPCC: Concern over young children left home alone for the summer holidays Date: 19 July 2018

Further information: Is my child ready to be left alone? (PDF)

NSPCC tool: Is my child ready to be left home alone?


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Staying safe online in the summer holidays: advice for parents and carers

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a blog outlining ways in which parents and carers can help keep their children safe as they start to spend more time online during the summer holidays. Tips include: have positive conversations with children about the internet; take the opportunity to learn more about the apps, games and services children are using and find out about their reporting and blocking features; and make a family agreement about how all family members use the internet.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 19 July 2018

Further information from the NSPCC


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Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism by Acting Early

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.

Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.


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A parents guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale – Childnet

At Childnet our Education Officers go into schools each day to deliver online safety Education Sessions to pupils, parents and teachers. Recently in these Education Sessions we have been noticing an increasing number of young people talking about the game ‘Fortnite’.  Read more


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Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command. Thinkuknow aims to empowers children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support. 





Child texting

Advice for parents about sexting
How to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them





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FREE Early Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support Service

Open for All: Whether you’re seeking help yourself or are a professional, our platform is here for every child, young person and family. There’s no wrong door, and every inquiry is the right one.

Immediate Support: Get real-time advice, information, and guidance. We ensure every request is acknowledged, screened, and directed to the right service or support.



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Anna Freud National Centre For Children And Families

Anna Freud is launching on my mind, a tool to help young people decide what type of help they would like to support their mental health. Best of all, it’s a free resource.


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Wiltshire Police - County Lines

County lines is the name given to drug dealing where organised criminal groups (OCGs) use phone lines to move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas.

They exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction issues, by recruiting them to distribute the drugs. This is often referred to as ‘drug running’. Criminals may also use a vulnerable person’s home as their base of operations. This is known as ‘cuckooing’.

For further information including what to look out for click


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The NEST - A bereavement support programme for young people in school years 7 – 13

NEST has been designed to meet the needs of grieving young people. By using creative processes, the NEST programme provides participants with the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and coping strategies, together with their peers.

Programmes take place at set dates throughout the year. Each programme takes place over 6 Monday evening sessions. This takes place in North Swindon where we operate on a self-referral basis.

Parents/carers should call Child Bereavement UK (CBUK) on 0800 02 888 40* Monday—Friday 9am—5pm. *Freephone. Some mobile providers may charge.

We welcome enquiries from professionals. Email: Phone: 07493 509750 


Exit UK

Exit UK - A support programme to help leave a far right organisation

We are former members of the far right who know what it’s like to feel disillusioned. We wanted out and we eventually got out. We’re not the police and we’re not here to judge.

See how it’s possible to leave the far right with our help. It’s not easy, but we’re here to help you every step of the way.



Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! UK and Ireland

We are the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. We are here for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention.

Helplines for children are a key part of child protection services. But we can’t just leave it to children to protect themselves – it’s up to adults to keep children safe from abuse. That’s why the confidential Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline provides a safe space for people to talk about their concerns and get help to prevent child sexual abuse. Call us on 0808 1000 900, use our live chat or send us a secure message.