Horizon Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Horizon has a committed team of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding leads or ‘DSL’.

Parents and Carers can feel confident that robust procedures are in place to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children here at Horizon.

It is important to us that parents, carers and students perceive Horizon as a safe space and encourage children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress.

Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies and will always endeavour to work in partnership with parents to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.

Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Safeguarding Team

RoleStaff NameE-mail
Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Huddartchuddart@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Saeedasaeed@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Collinsccollins@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Middletongmiddleton@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Winterburnfwinterburn@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Irvingbirving@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Malsonmmalson@horizoncc.co.uk
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Wakeawake@horizoncc.co.uk
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Boothkbooth@horizoncc.co.uk
Y7 Student Wellbeing officer Mrs Gibsondgibson@horizoncc.co.uk
Y8 Student Wellbeing officerMrs Fieldingbfielding@horizoncc.co.uk
Y9 Student Wellbeing officerMrs Whitelwhite@horizoncc.co.uk
Y11 Student Wellbeing officerMrs Derbyshiremderbyshire@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Governor for Child Protection Mrs Creeton s.creeton@horizoncc.co.uk
Designated Governor for Child Protection Mrs Green-Lynch m.green-lynch@horizoncc.co.uk
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)Ruth HolmesTel: 01226 772341

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership is the organisation responsible for agreeing how services and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the borough and ensuring that they do so effectively.  The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 places the responsibility on the three ‘Safeguarding Partners’, the Police, the Local Authority and Health to formulate the local arrangements for partnership arrangements for Safeguarding Children in their respective geographical areas.

Role of the partnership

Members of the Partnership work to keep children and young people in Barnsley safe from harm, particularly those who are most vulnerable, and to make sure that they feel secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.  They also provide support and training for those who work with children and young people, in whatever capacity, to make sure that they are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, and that they are appropriately qualified.

The work of the Partnership falls into the wider context of our Children’s Trust arrangements, which focus on improving the overall wellbeing of all Barnsley children and young people through the five outcomes – be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; secure economic wellbeing.  However, the Partnership focuses primarily on the aspect of ‘staying safe’, which ensures that children and young people are cared for, have security and stability and are kept safe from:

  • maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • accidental injury and death
  • bullying and discrimination
  • crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school





Young persons guide to keeping children safe

Advice to Keep Safe

E-Safety and Cyber Bullying

Safety online and awareness of social media is a central part of our safeguarding education. Understanding the ‘on-line’ world can be quite confusing and we want to send accurate messages about safe Internet usage. There are many opportunities for us to engage with students about E-Safety: the Votes for schools package used in form periods, IT lessons, through the Life curriculum, article writing in English, discussions in assemblies are just a selection of the forums used to discuss these issues.

We value the relationship we have with parents, carers and the local community. The Horizon twitter feed is a platform used to promote E-safety messages, address emerging local and national issues as well as modelling ‘good practice’ in terms of social media usage.

Safer Internet Day 2019 was marked globally on 5th February 2019 with over 21, 000 schools, academies, colleges and businesses promoting ‘Together for a Better Internet’.

Golden Rules to Safe Internet Browsing

  • Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.
  • Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult if meeting an online friend in person.
  • Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friend’s houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games consoles.
  • Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can monitor them when they first join.
  • Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Discuss if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from
  • If they have a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.
  • Further information about screen time is okay for your child can be found here.



  • Complete regular checks on hand held devices and computers to ensure appropriate use.
  • Use mirror apps so that you can view at any point the communications that are been made by your child on their device.

What to Look for on a Website

  • The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
  • Children need to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.
  • Look out for good websites that have the button built in.
  • Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct: ceop.police.uk

Online Bullying/Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

  • Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new, but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.
  • If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
  • Use the image linked below to find out more about online support.


Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber Bullying?

  • Visit the CEOP channel on YouTube


Other useful sites:

Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there’s no medical reason for this to be done.

It’s illegal in the UK and is child abuse.

Child Criminal Exploitation

For more information and the signs to look out for see link below.


County Lines

County lines is a police term for the child criminal exploitation (CCE) of young people and teenagers by gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.

Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’. County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons. The link below shows the signs to watch out for if you suspect someone you know has been affected by CCE or County Lines.


The You tube video below, Alfie’s story, gives more information on what ‘County Lines’ is, how it affects young people and families. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children and young people are often tricked into believing they’re in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they’re being abused.

Children and young people can be trafficked into or within the UK to be sexually exploited. They’re moved around the country and abused by being forced to take part in sexual activities, often with more than one person. Young people in gangs can also be sexually exploited.

Sometimes abusers use violence and intimidation to frighten or force a child or young person, making them feel as if they’ve no choice. They may lend them large sums of money they know can’t be repaid or use financial abuse to control them.

Anybody can be a perpetrator of CSE, no matter their age, gender or race. The relationship could be framed as friendship, someone to look up to or romantic. Children and young people who are exploited may also be used to ‘find’ or coerce others to join groups.

Peer on peer abuse

Peer-on-peer abuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • physical and sexual abuse
  • sexual harassment and violence
  • emotional harm
  • on and offline bullying
  • teenage relationship abuse

It can even include grooming children for sexual and criminal exploitation.

The College will also act to minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse by ensuring the establishment provides a safe environment, promotes positive standards of behaviour, has effective systems in place where children can raise concerns and provides safeguarding through the curriculum via PSHE and other curriculum opportunities. This may include targeted work with children identified as vulnerable or being at risk and developing risk assessment and targeted work with those identified as being a potential risk to others.


Upskirting is where someone takes a picture under a persons clothing without their permission. It is now a specific criminal offence in England and wales.

Upskirting is a highly intrusive practice, which typically involves someone taking a picture under another person’s clothing without their knowledge, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks (with or without underwear).

It can take place in a range of places, eg British Transport Police have seen a rise of reports on public transport.

The new law will capture instances where the purpose of the behaviour is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.

Anyone, and any gender, can be a victim and this behaviour is completely unacceptable.

For more information see link below


Self harm

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. More than half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.

But the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress, or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes it’s a mixture of all three.

Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

Types of self-harm

There are many different ways people can intentionally harm themselves, such as:

  • cutting or burning their skin
  • punching or hitting themselves
  • poisoning themselves with tablets or liquids, or similar

People often try to keep self-harm a secret because of shame or fear of discovery.

For example, if they’re cutting themselves, they may cover up their skin and avoid discussing the problem.

It’s often up to close family and friends to notice when somebody is self-harming, and to approach the subject with care and understanding.

Signs of self-harm

If you think a friend or relative is self-harming, look out for any of the following signs:

  • unexplained cuts, bruises or cigarette burns, usually on their wrists, arms, thighs and chest
  • keeping themselves fully covered at all times, even in hot weather
  • signs of depression, such as low mood, tearfulness or a lack of motivation or interest in anything
  • self-loathing and expressing a wish to punish themselves
  • not wanting to go on and wishing to end it all
  • becoming very withdrawn and not speaking to others
  • signs of low self-esteem, such as blaming themselves for any problems or thinking they’re not good enough for something
  • signs they have been pulling out their hair

People who self-harm can seriously hurt themselves, so it’s important that they speak to a GP about the underlying issue and request treatment or therapy that could help them.

Why people self-harm

Self-harm is more common than many people realise, especially among younger people.

It’s estimated around 10% of young people self-harm at some point, but people of all ages do.

This figure is also likely to be an underestimate, as not everyone seeks help.

In most cases, people who self-harm do it to help them cope with overwhelming emotional issues, which may be caused by:

  • social problems – such as being bullied, having difficulties at work or school, having difficult relationships with friends or family, coming to terms with their sexuality if they think they might be gay or bisexual, or coping with cultural expectations, such as an arranged marriage
  • trauma – such as physical or sexual abuse, the death of a close family member or friend, or having a miscarriage
  • psychological causes – such as having repeated thoughts or voices telling them to self-harm, disassociating (losing touch with who they are and with their surroundings), or borderline personality disorder

These issues can lead to a build-up of intense feelings of anger, guilt, hopelessness and self-hatred.

The person may not know who to turn to for help and self-harming may become a way to release these pent-up feelings.

Self-harm is linked to anxiety and depression. These mental health conditions can affect people of any age.

Self-harm can also occur alongside antisocial behaviour, such as misbehaving at school or getting into trouble with the police.

Although some people who self-harm are at a high risk of suicide, many people who self-harm don’t want to end their lives.

In fact, the self-harm may help them cope with emotional distress so they don’t feel the need to kill themselves.

Useful organisations

You can access support through you GP and there are organisations that offer support and advice for people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.

These include:

Self neglect

The term “self-neglect” covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings.

Examples of self-neglect include:

  • A refusal or inability to cater for basic needs, including personal hygiene and appropriate clothing.
  • Neglecting to seek assistance for medical issues.
  • Not attending to living conditions – letting rubbish accumulate in the garden, or dirt to accumulate in the house.
  • Hoarding items or animals.

What Causes Self-Neglect?

Self-neglect can result from any mental or physical illness that has an effect on the person’s physical abilities, energy levels, attention, organisational skills, or motivation.

There are two types of self-neglect:

Intentional, or Active Self-Neglect: When a person makes a conscious choice to engage in self-neglect. For example, they may actively refuse to visit a doctor when they’re feeling unwell.

Non-Intentional, or Passive Self-Neglect: When health-related conditions contribute to a risk of developing self-neglect. For example, a person with a learning disability may have lapses in concentration that may make them forget to attend to their personal hygiene.

Signs and symptoms of self-neglect:

  • Very poor personal hygiene.
  • Unkempt appearance.
  • Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter.
  • Malnutrition and/or dehydration.
  • Living in squalid or unsanitary conditions.
  • Neglecting household maintenance.
  • Collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions.

For support please contact a member of the safeguarding team

Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual safeguarding is an approach to understanding and responding to, young peoples experiences of significant harm beyond their families. Traditional approaches to protecting children/young people from harm have focussed on the risk of violence and abuse from inside the home, usually from a parent/carer or other trusted adult and don’t always address the time that children/young people spend outside the home and the influence of peers on young people’s development and safety.

Contextual safeguarding recognises the impact of the public/social context on young people’s lives, and consequently their safety. Contextual safeguarding seeks to identify and respond to harm and abuse posed to young people outside their home, either from adults or other young people. It’s an approach that looks at how interventions can change the processes and environments, to make them safer for all young people, as opposed to focussing on an individual. Research undertaken in London illustrates that young people’s experience is not only influenced by their family, but also by their peer network, wider community and society in general.

Contextual Safeguarding includes (but is not limited to):

  • Gang membership / serious youth violence
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Child criminal exploitation
  • Harmful sexual behaviours
  • Missing from care, home and education
  • Radicalisation
  • Trafficking

Further information: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/media/11387/contextual-safeguarding-briefing-paper.pdf

Hate Crime Campaign

Horizon Community College is committed to this very important issue. Through assemblies and Life curriculum the importance of understanding the law around ‘hate crime’. Hate crime is illegal and it is important students understand the consequences of their actions. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

Hate crimes can include:

  • threatening behaviour
  • assault
  • robbery
  • damage to property
  • inciting others to commit hate crimes
  • harassment

You can report hate crime online.


Sexting is an issue that has emerged since the growth of social media and access to a range of technologies. The most important message here is to speak up if you are concerned. We are here to help and will always treat student and parent/carer concerns in the utmost confidence.

It may feel awkward, but it’s important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.

What is sexting?

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others or sends sexually explicit messages.

They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.

Sexting may also be called:

  • trading nudes
  • dirties
  • pic for pic.

There can be legal implications of sexting, especially when children are involved.


Domestic abuse

Horizon Community College supports any student affected by domestic abuse. The link below offers some really good advice for anyone at risk or suffering from domestic abuse. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Childline is a free 24 hour phone-line that anyone can ring if they are concerned or need help 08001111. Childline offers support on a wide range of issues affecting children and young people.


Honour based violence and Forced marriages

Forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (for example, threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on your family)

You have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry or if you marry at all.

Horizon Community College is committed to ensuring the safety of all students and ensuring that they are free to make choices. There has been a massive drive nationally to raise awareness of forced marriages and what to do if you are concerned or worried that you or someone you know maybe affected. The link below gives some real-life cases to help illustrate this issue. The hyperlink below takes you to further information. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue


Honour  based violence is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community.

It is often linked to family members or acquaintances who mistakenly believe someone has brought shame to their family or community by doing something that is not in keeping with the traditional beliefs of their culture. For example, Honour based violence might be committed against people who:

  • become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion.
  • Want to get out of an arranged marriage
  • Want to get out of a forced marriage
  • Wear clothes or take part in activities that might not be considered traditional within a particular culture.


No instances of honour based violence are too minor to report’

Drugs and Alcohol Use

Substance and alcohol abuse can affect many people and our role is to listen and offer support. Click the links below for more information on this issue.

Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.







Extremism and Radicalisation

An extremist is someone whose opinions, especially about religion or politics, are not reasonable or acceptable to most people.

Holding extremist views means that whatever your race or religion you view people or events with a closed and intolerant attitude.

Not all extremism is harmful or criminal. But at worst, an extremist expresses hatred and violence towards others.

Radicalisation is when someone is persuaded to support terrorism or extremism.

People might become radicalised as a result of their political views, or their or religion, or their belief that a certain way of life is right.

Often someone is radicalised because they are vulnerable.

Prevent is a government strategy which aims to stop people from becoming involved with extremism, from supporting terrorist activities, and from becoming terrorists themselves. It’s about preventing them from committing a crime.

Channel is part of the Prevent strategy.

Channel is a multi-agency approach to safeguarding, supporting and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of radicalisation, extremism or terrorist related activity.  Barnsley Channel Panel has been set up to support individuals who may fall into one of these areas.

Horizon Community College collaborates with many of these services to support students, but the following site is specific for parents and carers too.


Mental Health

Horizon Community College is dedicated to ensuring and promoting good mental health. If you’re concerned about your mental health, or the mental health of a family member or friend, you can ask for help from the Mental Health Service. You can refer yourself or ask your GP.


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, you’re thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills