Maritime Academy Trust

Maritime is a charitable education trust with schools across London and the South East.

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Our Safeguarding Team

At Danecourt we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and adults feel respected and valued. We maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and promote a culture of professional curiosity and openness where children and adults are able to talk and are listened to. To view our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy, please visit the policies section of the website or click the link below.

DSL (ID 1146)

 Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
  • All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
  • All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance

 Designated Safeguarding Lead:

The school has appointed Cathryn Falconer as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Prevent Lead.  The DSL has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding and child protection systems in school. The DSL will undergo appropriate and specific training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role.

Cathryn Falconer    

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

The school has appointed additional staff to deputise for the DSL. The role of the deputy DSL is to take responsibility for the day to day oversight when the head teacher is not present.  All of the Deputy DSLs have attended appropriate training which enables them to fulfil this role.

Zoe Smith -

Rachael Clare -

Lou Elliott -

Lucy Curtis -

If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please report your concern to one of the designated safeguarding leads via their email or via the main school office on 01634 232589.

Local Academy Council (LAC) Safeguarding Lead

Emma Pape -                 

Maritime Trust Safeguarding Lead

Matthew Bulpitt -

The Local Authority Designated Officer’s (LADO)

Sallyanne French and Lucy Greig can be contacted via email on -

Please be advised that the main telephone number for the LADO Service (01634 331 065) will be answered between 9am-5pm.

Alternatively, please complete a LADO referral form which can be accessed via the link below, once completed please send to

Medway Education Safeguarding Team

Kate Barry and Fiona Veitch can be contacted via

If you are ever concerned about the welfare of a child, you can also contact Medway Children's Social Care:

  • 01634 334466 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • 03000 419 191 - out of hours

Medway Safeguarding Children's Partnership Website -


Useful Safeguarding Policies and Guidance

Child Sexual Exploitation - Definition and guide for practitioners

Children Missing In Education

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

Information Sharing Advice

Keeping Children Safe in Education 

Operation Encompass

Prevent Guidance

Safeguarding Child Protection Policy

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Working together to Safeguard Children


Safeguarding Advice in Medway

A collective resource for Medway providing information, advice and guidance for children and young people, parents and carers, practitioners and volunteers to promote and ensure the safety and well being of children in Medway    

Medway Safeguarding Children Board

Extremism and Radicalisation

Educate Against Hate

Useful Numbers

  • NSPCC 0800 028 0285
  • Childline 0800 11 11