Melbourne Avenue, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2EG
Learning to believe, learning to succeed.

Introduction and Ethos:

Dover Christ Church Academy recognises its statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and all those directly connected (staff, volunteers, governors, leaders, parents, families and learners) are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children and have an essential role to play in making this community safe and secure.

  • Staff working with children at Dover Christ Church Academy are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.

  • Dover Christ Church Academy believes that the best interests of children always come first. All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account and all children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.

  • Dover Christ Church Academy recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within Dover Christ Church Academy that will help children to be safe and feel safe. In our school children are respected and encourage to talk openly. All our staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our safeguarding policies.

  • Contacting the Academy Safeguarding Team If you have a concern about a student or their family please contact the Safeguarding Team on 01304 820126 Dial 2 [Connects to a mobile outside of school hours.] .

Our core safeguarding principles are:

Prevention - positive, supportive, safe culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures.

Protection - following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to recognise and respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns.

Support - for all learners, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific interventions are required for those who may be at risk of harm.

Working with parents and other agencies - to ensure timely, appropriate communications and actions are undertaken when safeguarding concerns arise.

  • Dover Christ Church Academy, expects that if any member of our community has a safeguarding concern about any child or adult, they should act and act immediately.

  • The Dover Christ Church Academy Child Protection policy is implemented in accordance with our compliance with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2020 (KCSIE) which requires individual schools and colleges to have an effective child protection policy. The procedures contained in the Child Protection policy apply to all staff and trustees and are consistent with those of Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB).

Safeguarding Team at DCCA:

The school has appointed a member of the leadership team David Hunt (AVP) as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). The DSL has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding and child protection systems in school.

Jemma Groves is the Deputy-DSL and assists in the leading of a team of DSL-trained staff.

Luke Mussett, Sophie Barker and Rachel Dixon are the Deputy-DSL for Aspen 2.

Peter Gregory is nominated Safeguarding Trustee.

All members of Dover Christ Church Academy staff receive annual training in child protection and aware of their responsibility to:

  • Provide a safe environment in which children can learn.

  • Ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience.

  • Identify and recognise children who may be in need of extra help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.

  • Provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable.

  • Take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed.

  • Safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.

  • Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child.

  • Respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy.

  • Contribute towards, read and adhering to the school policies.

All members of staff in Dover Christ Church Academy know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected.

Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the DSL and other agencies as appropriate.

Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.

Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection Policy and other related policies on request and can view them via the school website or via the links below.

Download Child Protection Policy PDF here

Download Child Protection Policy Addendum in Response to Covid_19 PDF here

Download Child Listening to and talking to children about grief & loss PDF here

Learning to believe, learning to succeed.