Safer Schools


I am the Safer Schools Officer based at The Elland Academy. I have experience as a Response Officer, Neighbourhood Ward Manager and as the Prevent Engagement Officer for the Leeds District. 

My role in the School is to create a calm, safe and open atmosphere where students, staff and parents feel able to come and speak to me regarding any concerns they have.   

In school I will be delivering and revisiting topics on: Domestic Violence, Drinking and Alcohol, Positive Relationships, Weapons Awareness, Anti-Social Behaviour, Tolerence & Respect, Mental Health, and Bullying.  

My aim is to reduce levels of offending behaviour and poor behaviour in School.  Support the implementation of improvements in young people’s knowledge and quality of life (e.g Curriculum or extra curriculum activities).  3rd Sector agencies will be invited in to deliver sessions, so they can share with students their experiences so they can take advantage of volunteering opportunities to build up work/life skills. 

My role involves working with a number of Statutory Agencies to make sure all our students have the best possible start as well as helping them prepare for employment or furthering their educational experience.

Out of term time,  I will be planning extra-curricular activities for our students and hope they take advantage of the opportunities during school holidays.

Current News - January 2017

This Term, I assisted Mr Brown (ICT) in the delivery of E-Safety lessons , students completed a workshop based lessons where they viewed the true and harrowing story of Kayleigh Haywood, with a Q&A session discussing exploitation, grooming and the dangers of speaking to people online.  Students completed the “Who Do you Think your talking to” campaign aimed at Social Network Sites dangers & On line security.

Kayleigh’s Love Story

Kayleigh Haywood began speaking to Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, on 31 October 2015.

Over the course of 13 days they exchanged 2643 messages. Harlow told the 15-year-old all the things many teenage girls want to hear. He told her she was beautiful, how much he cared for her and that she was special.

Harlow was grooming Kayleigh, along with two other young girls he had also been speaking to. But it was Kayleigh that finally agreed to his requests to spend the night of Friday 13 November 2015 at his house.

She spent the next day with him too, and in the early hours of Sunday 15 November, having been held against her will by Harlow and by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman, Kayleigh was raped and murdered by Beadman

Kayleigh’s Love Story is as a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don’t know online. The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children now and in the future and to stop another family losing a child in this way.

It’s vital that young people understand the importance of staying safe online and parents can spot the signs that may indicate their child is being groomed. There is a fact sheet for parents that contains information about online grooming and the tell-tale signs and behaviours.