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Safeguarding/Child Protection at St Charles VC Academy

Our Safeguarding leads are:

  • Mrs D. Hermann - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Mrs A. Bentley - Deputy DSL & Deputy Headteacher

Teacher with responsibility for Looked After Children:

  • Mrs A. Bentley

The Trust Directors with responsibility for Safeguarding are:

  • James Sargeant
  • Angela Spencer

Safeguarding/Child Protection at St Charles' VC Academy

Click here for our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy 2023 2024

    Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families and carers have a role to play in safeguarding children

    If you have any concerns about the health, safety, wellbeing of a child at the academy, or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with one of our Safeguarding Team below.

    This may be done verbally in the first instance but always be followed up by completing a cause for concern form, available from the Designated Safeguarding Team above.

    In the unlikely event of the Designated Safeguarding Officers not being available the matter should be reported directly to the Local Authority Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) 01482 448879 or Police/ Family Protection Unit.

    Out of school hours and during school holidays:

    • If your concern is urgent and there is an immediate risk of harm, then contact the police.
    • If your concern is less urgent but you are worried about the welfare of the child, then contact the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub on 01482 448879 or the out of hours Emergency Duty Team on 01482 300304.

    Safeguarding Newsletters:

    Child on Child Abuse

    Here are some useful and educational links on child on child abuse:


    We are an Operation Encompass school.

    Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

    Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2023

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment can be found here