Howard Park Community School gives the highest importance to safeguarding and welfare of our children. The Governors, Headteacher, staff and volunteers will carry out their responsibilities efficiently, effectively and diligently to ensure that the school is a safe learning environment for our children.

At Howard Park Community School we pride ourselves on working closely with parents and carers for the benefit of our pupils and to keep them safe. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for the signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Pickles and can be contacted via email at: Mr Pickles is supported by three Deputy Designated Leads; Mrs Mollett, Mrs Galloway and Mrs Farrell. They can all be contacted via email at:

Mrs Mollett is also our Designated Person for Looked After Children.

Worried or Concerned About A Young Person Or Child?

If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk of suffering harm then you should contact Mr Pickles, our Headteacher/DSL.

Alternatively, you can contact the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Similarly, you can contact them through the following contact details:

For members of the public
(9am – 5pm office hours):
01484 456848
For members of the public outside of 9am – 5pm office hours:Please call the relevant services
If you are a child:01484 456848 or Child Line: 08001111 (calls are free)

If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger, call the police for immediate assistance.

Relevant Safeguarding Policies

Our detailed Child Protection policy explains that procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. The policy also follows the new statutory guidance for school on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe In Education 2021. Our policy is also based on the document of guidance produced by Kirklees. These policies can also be viewed below or in our designated policies page.