This section explains how all staff and visitors at Standens Barn endeavour to keep all children safe.

InMAT inspire multi-academy trust is fully is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all our pupils. We expect everyone associated with InMAT, all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Our CEO is the trust Designated Safeguarding Lead. Our trust Inclusion Lead supports our schools to make sure their processes and procedures are robust and fit for purpose. Each school in our trust has a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a safeguarding governor.  We are committed to ensuring that our safeguarding leaders and all staff and volunteers receive the appropriate training to prepare them for their roles.

All our schools follow the guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2023), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), the Governance Handbook. All staff and volunteers will adhere to the InMAT safeguarding policy, whistleblowing policy and staff code of conduct. 

For Children

Everyone at our school wants our children to feel Safe. All our staff know how to follow BEST and receive robust training and children are regularly encouraged and reminded to talk to any adult in school who they feel comfortable with if they feel worried or unsafe. 

For Parents

If you have any concerns about your child's welfare please make an appointment with the class teacher in the first instance. Remember, they will take any issue or concern you have seriously and are committed to helping your child feel safe at school. Most issues are resolved satisfactorily at this stage.

If you have a concern about a pupil or a member of staff , please use the contact details below for the designated safeguarding leader, or check the school's website.

If your concern is about a senior leader at one of our schools, please contact Helen Williams, the InMAT designated safeguarding leader, or email:-

Designated Safeguarding Leaders

  • InMAT Trust - Helen Williams 01604 434600
  • Standens Barn Primary School– Amie James 01604 413151

If you do not wish to speak with a designated safeguarding leader, please email :-

If you have an urgent concern about a child you can contact the Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact the Northamptonshire Multi-agency safeguarding hub directly on 0300 126 7000


Designated Senior Persons

Every school is required to have at least two people who are highly trained in Safeguarding. These are referred to as Designated Safeguarding Leads. Our current staff are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead :

  • Amie James – Head teacher-

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

  • Sarah Drummond- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Early Help Lead-
  • Alison Allerton- Deputy Head teacher
  • Wayne Chalmers- Assistant Head teacher

Safeguarding Governor:

  • Pauline Matheson-Marks

Early Help Support

We aim to offer early intervention and support to our children and families to help them improve factors that may be causing worry or difficulties in the home.  We will reach out to you via telephone and together we can discuss what the next steps may be. We may then invite you to open up an Early Help Assessment so that solutions can be found before matters escalate. We may also use the support from external services such as Strengthening Families or the School Nursing Team in order to ensure that our parents and children receive the right help at the right time.

There is plenty of information about that here.

Online safety

If you would like further advice about keeping children safe online then these websites are particularly useful:

We also have established links with the local Online and Wellbeing Safety Officer who provides many resources to parents, schools and children,

Northamptonshire Local Safeguarding Board and MASH

The Safeguarding team follow the procedures set out in the document Keeping Children Safe and government guidance.  Alongside this, we also follow procedures and contextual guidance from the Northamptonshire Local Safeguarding Board. For information about this please click here.

There is a wealth of information on here including advice about wellbeing and advice for keeping children safe, including how to keep children safe online.

In line with local safeguarding procedures, we may need to refer concerns to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This is so we can obtain advice or instructions on what we need to do next to help keep a child safe.

The Parents guide to MASH can be found here.


All of our staff also undertake regular training in order to help protect our children from many influences that may cause them significant harm. This is known as the Prevent duty- you can find out about this here.