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At Woodlands Schools and Little Acorns Nursery, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people.

To achieve this we ensure the continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding within our staff and volunteers.

We expect all our staff to undertake a full enhanced Disclosure, Barring Service check and all other relevant checks in line with current legislation.

For further information on how we keep children safe, please see our policy:

Download our Safeguarding Policy 

If you have any concerns about a safeguarding issue, please use the contact details below.

Kirsty Kernaghan - designated safeguarding lead 01277 233288
Catherine Duthie – deputy designated safeguarding lead (EYFS) 01277 233288
Donna Burkert - designated safeguarding lead 01277 245580
Samantha Lott  - deputy designated safeguarding lead 01277 245580
Jackie Wilson - Little Acorns designated safeguarding lead 01277 245375
Ken Lewis - Chief Executive Director 01277 245580
Cheralyn Beeston - Designated Director for Safeguarding 01277 245580


Essex County Council Children’s Services HUB 0345 603 7627

Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board (ESCB) 

0333 013 8936

Police child abuse investigation unit 01277 262212  
Local area designated officer (LADO)

Essex: 03330 139797 

Havering: 01708 433222 

Southend: 01702 534539 

Thurrock: 01375 652535  
Department for Education extremism concerns 020 7340 7264