School leads on domestic abuse help


Despite having no such problems with it, the William Farr C of E School in Welton has taken a lead on advising pupils on domestic abuse.

The school has become the first in Lincolnshire to join a county council initiative to raise awareness of domestic abuse and guide pupils who may be experiencing it within their families.

William Farr has accepted the educational support for its life experience classes for Year 12 and Year 13 students.

“Domestic abuse is now part of our safeguarding and child protection policy and we now educate our students about it through our Personal, Social and Health Education lessons. We also put up posters throughout the school to encourage young people to come forward if they need to,” said assistant headteacher Helen Bates.

Lincolnshire County Council’s abuse service works with another 10 schools across the county to help educate young people about abuse and the support available to them.

“We believe if young people do need to talk to someone, then a teacher at the school may be someone they can trust and confide in. I am delighted that local schools are pro-actively working with us to help tackle this issue,” said domestic abuse schools link co-ordinator Naomi Watkins.