Safeguarding Team
Woodlands Academy takes safeguarding very seriously.  It is everybody’s responsibility to act if they feel that a child is not being cared for properly or being put at risk.  If you suspect that a child is at risk or being harmed please contact one of the school's safeguarding team.  Any conversations will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
Lisa Craig - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher
Mike Rylands - Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head
Lianne Sheldon - Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Family Link Worker
First Response
Report your concerns about a child as a member of the public

If you're concerned about the well-being of a child contact the First Response Team on 0117 903 6444

When their offices are closed call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165.

If the child is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

Other numbers you can call:

  • NSPCC 24 hour Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free from a landline)
  • NSPCC Text helpline: 88858 (service is free and anonymous)
  • Police: 101 (non-emergency calls)
Other useful websites:
Concerns About Staff
If you have any safeguarding concerns about staff, it is vital that you speak to the headteacher as soon as possible. Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school or Academy Councillors you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer. 
For Bristol, the LADO is Nichola Laird


Telephone: 0117 903 7795

The Prevent Strategy
Woodlands Academy takes its Prevent duty very seriously. The Prevent duty became law back in 2015. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere.
Please follow the links below for further information:
E-safety/Online Safety
Children at Woodlands Academy use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning.    In school we have regular E-Safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. When using laptops/Chrome books/iPads/tablets, children are continually reminded of how to keep themselves safe and get the best from the amazing resources of the internet. The CLF uses SENSO to help us monitor the use of the internet and immediately alerts us to any inappropriate content.
Please follow the links below for further information:
The National College Guides Use this site to search for information about apps your children are using
Internet Matters App Platform Use this site to search for information about apps your children are using

Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is often referred to as female circumcision, ‘cutting’ or ‘sunna’.

If you are worried that this might happen to you or someone you know, you can speak to a member of the safeguarding team in school. They will be able to help and support you.

Alternatively, you can report this abuse by contacting one of the following:

If there’s immediate danger or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact the police.
Call 999 to report emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies.

You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad. Phone number: 020 7008 1500

You can also contact the NSPCC anonymously if you are worried that a girl or young woman is at risk or a victim on FGM

NSPCC FGM Helpline


Telephone: 0800 028 3550


Child Exploitation

Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for attention/affection, accommodation or gifts, to serious organised crime and child trafficking. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, increasing the dependence of the victim as the exploitative relationship develops.

The NSPCC has useful information, follow this link to find out more:

NSPCC Child Exploitation information


Domestic Abuse/Violence

Next link provide a range of services for parents who may be experiencing domestic abuse, follow this link for more information.

Next Link website