Worried about a child?

If you believe that a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call the academy, or call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

Our safeguarding personnel are as follows:

  • Julia Collins – Academy Principal and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mark Shepherd – Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Lee Forcella-Burton – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Louise Taylor – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Sarah Forde – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Kevin Brewer – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • David Freeman – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mike Williams – Designated teacher for children in care
  • Matt Piggott – E-Safety Co-ordinator and Person responsible for children with medical conditions
  • Sarah McCabe-Knowles – SLT Mental Health Lead (Jade Smith on maternity leave)

Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.

Spot Abuse

You may be concerned about a child or young person. You may or may not know them, or even their name. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse and even emotional abuse.

Take Responsibility

Don’t assume that someone else will take responsibility and make that phone call. You could help to save a child’s life. If you are worried, report it.

Tell someone!

Please contact Specialist Children’s Services or the Police immediately:

Kent Central Duty Team
Telephone: 03000 411111
Fax: 03000 412345

Emergency Out of Hours
Telephone: 03000 419191
E-mail: social.services@kent.gov.uk

Kent Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit
Telephone: 01622 690 690

If you need to advise us of a child or young person moving into Kent from another area, please contact the Safeguarding Unit on 01622 694157.