Useful Numbers

  • Immediate Safeguarding Concern –  ring 999

  • Children’s Social Services Duty and Advice Team –  01484 456848

  • Advice Kirklees (impartial, confidential advice in Kirklees) – 03448 487970

  • Thriving in Kirklees  – 0300 304 5555

  • NSPCC –  0808 800 5000 

  • Childline –  0800 1111

  • Samaritans – 116 123


We work in close partnership with families and other agencies to ensure pupils are safe and have everything they need to thrive. The Pastoral and Intervention Team can provide highly specialist support to pupils and their families around a wide range of issues. We can also assist families by signposting or referring to other services, when appropriate.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leaders

All our staff are highly skilled at listening to the wide range of ways our pupils communicate and are alert to any changes that may indicate a pupil needs support. We ensure the knowledge and skills of all staff are exemplary through regular training and updates. 

The specialist curriculum gives pupils the skills to communicate and to share their emotions, needs or wishes. Pupils develop independence and life-skills to enable them to be healthy and safe. We teach pupils to value diversity, inclusion and consent, including how to seek help with any negative relationships or interaction they encounter. Awareness of key issues is raised across our community through events such as Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week. 

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a pupil, please get in touch with one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads using this email address: safeguarding@southgateschool.

Outside of school hours please use the following numbers

  • Emergency safeguarding concern ring 999 or contact the Children’s Social Services Duty Team on 01484 456848
  • Non emergency safeguarding concerns ring 101

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass.  This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience domestic abuse.  Operation Encompass means that the Education Safeguarding Service will share information about domestic incidents with our school prior to the start of the next school day when the police have been called to a domestic incident. 

Useful Links

Please find below some useful advice and guidance from some of the countries leading organisations. Please also refer to Southgate School’s Health and Wellbeing page and also its Online Safety page.