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Safeguarding at LAET 

Keeping our students safe is our top priority and LAET is proud of the pastoral provision it offers. LAET is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

  • All students have daily contact with a form tutor who delivers their personal development curriculum and leads 1:1 meetings with students. Our staff are notably approachable and vigilant in reporting and responding to safeguarding concerns.
  • Each year group has a Head of Year and a non-teaching Deputy Head of Year to support students pastorally, along with the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
  • The safeguarding team meets weekly to discuss the needs of our students.

Our safeguarding practice is upheld through regular and ongoing staff training and a student personal development programme which responds to the needs of our students.  Mental health and well-being are commonly discussed and contribute to decision-making at all levels of the school.

Our safeguarding team is here to support pupils and parents/carers. 

  • Ms Brown is our Designated Safeguarding Lead, and she is supported by three Deputy DSLs, each with a different area of expertise.
  • The school has invested in our mental health provision and our Mental Health Lead coordinates a team of counsellors to support students and staff in school. 
  • In addition, we have strong links with outside agencies and other professionals who can assist children and their parents/carers.   

Full details of safeguarding processes at LAET are outlined in our safeguarding policy.


How to report a safeguarding concern

  • The Safeguarding leads can be contacted via email at the following address which is monitored during term time and the school holidays:
  • Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to a member of the safeguarding team, please call the school's main office phone number: 0208 3526020
  • Students concerned about their well-being or that of another student can also make a disclosure in person to a member of the safeguarding team.

A poster signposting the DSLs and how to reach them is displayed around the school and shared with all visitors.  


Meet the Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Elaine Brown: Deputy Head, Pastoral

Elaine has a wealth of experience, supporting young people and their families pastorally across a number of schools in London and Hertfordshire over 15 years of teaching. In this time, she has learnt that students can only achieve their academic potential when they are supported pastorally to thrive. She is now proud to lead the pastoral team in a school with approachable staff and which truly values personal development and wellbeing. Elaine has developed a team with experience across different aspects of safeguarding and ensures that there is a culture of vigilance across the school from all staff.


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Paul Spraggs: Mental Health Lead

Paul is a BACP-accredited therapist with extensive knowledge and experience working with individuals from various backgrounds. Paul has worked with families and young people in Haringey since 2016 and has developed invaluable knowledge of the support options available to young people and their families in the local borough(s). Paul helps to provide a mental health-informed approach to all safeguarding work at LAET. His approach is grounded in compassion, empathy and understanding for the young people in our care. Paul was recently recognised by the mayor as a ‘Haringey Hero’ for his valuable contributions to the wellbeing of young people at LAET.


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Serenea Wellington: Safeguarding Officer

Serenea joined LAET following safeguarding roles in schools and external agencies. She has developed extensive experience and knowledge working as an Early Help practitioner for over eight years and then as a safeguarding officer in a previous school.  These roles have provided Serenea with a broad perspective on how to work in partnership with families and professionals across the board.   She believes that everyone deserves to have a good quality of life and to have their fundamental human needs upheld by a strong pastoral team. Serenea is committed to continual reflection and development in her role as a safeguarding officer. 


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Kate Harley-Chambers: SEN Learning Support Assistant

Kate has a Master's degree in Psychology and is working towards her second Master's in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy & Psychodynamic Counselling. She has experience working with both young people and adults suffering with their mental health. The majority of her experience is with individuals aged 14-18, who are struggling with disordered eating. Kate’s vast experience of working with individuals in many different settings, from hospitals to schools, has allowed her to approach her collaborative work with the students at LAET with compassion and patience. Kate strives to ensure that students are at the centre of the support they receive, whether it is due to Special Educational Needs or safeguarding.


Helpful resources 

Online Safety resources: 

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How to keep your child safe online

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Safeguarding at LAET and Local Safety

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