Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding and Welfare

At Clifton College, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding, irrespective of their position within the College. The safety and wellbeing of pupils at Clifton College is our number one priority; our aim is to ensure that all children and young people are free to learn in an environment where they are safe from harm, nuisance or abuse.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding means:

-        Protecting children from maltreatment

-        Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

-        Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

-        Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding encompasses child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, mental health, safety online, anti-bullying and so much more.

The College has a dedicated team of staff working to promote safeguarding and child protection across the 3 schools, as well as the Council Safeguarding and Welfare committee; formed to identify and remedy any weaknesses in the school’s safeguarding arrangements that are brought to its attention, as well as ensuring that policies, procedures and training are up to date.

Meet our Safeguarding and Welfare Team:

Mark Eldridgev1Mr Mark Eldridge - Chair of the Safeguarding and Welfare Committee (SWC)





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Mrs Fiona Francombe – Boarding Welfare Lead & Member of SWC





Alison Streatfeild James – Chair of Council & Member of SWC





EswanwickMr Ed Swanwick – Upper School Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)





Mrs Jo Newman – Preparatory School Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)





Katherine JefferyMrs Katherine Jeffery - Upper School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)





Vanessa WalshMrs Vanessa Walsh - Upper School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)





David PaffordMr David Pafford - Preparatory School Upper School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)




Mrs Griffiths Head PhotoMrs Rachel Griffiths - Preparatory School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)




Brad -clark -400x 400Mr Brad Clark – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for Holiday Club and the Summer Language School (DDSL)




Our Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy:

At Clifton College we take all reasonable action to ensure the safety and welfare of our pupils at all times. The College has adopted a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy, in line with guidance from the BSCB (Bristol Safeguarding Children Board).  The College’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy adheres to the following UK guidance: -

-        Keeping Children Safe in Education: for schools and colleges (September 2018)

-        Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018)

-        The Prevent Duty (June 2015)

A copy of the Clifton College Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy can be found at: -

What do we do?

We want to ensure that your children are safe, happy, healthy, and able to thrive in their educational environment.  Therefore…

-        All staff at the College receive annual safeguarding and child protection training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school.

-        The College has 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads, along with 4 Deputies, all of whom have received Advanced Level Safeguarding training provided by BSCB.

-        The College has also appointed 3 dedicated e-safety officers who are trained as CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) ambassadors. The E-Safety Officers are responsible for coordinating the College’s approach to online safety for both staff and pupils.

-        The College has stringent recruitment and selection procedures in place which include pre-employment vetting checks in order to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children. A copy of the College Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy can be found here:

If you would like to know more about any of our safeguarding procedures, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our safeguarding team, or email

Resources and Further Reading:

Below are some resources that parents and carers may find useful in order to help them keep children safe, whether they’re at home, out and about, or online -

NSPCC Net Aware 

Think U Know 

Bristol Safeguarding 

NSPCC - Keeping children safe 

Educate Against Hate 

Young Minds