Danecourt School

01634 232589



Child Protection / Safeguarding

  • Danecourt School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents/carers, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Staff at Danecourt recognise their moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

  • The school recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

  • 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


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):

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.

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.  Rachael Clare, Matt Smith and Zoe Smith have all been appointed as Deputy DSL’s. All of the Deputy DSLs have attended appropriate training which enables them to fulfil this role. Whilst the activities of the designated safeguarding lead may be delegated to the deputies, the ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection remains with the designated safeguarding lead and this responsibility will not be delegated.

Should you wish to contact Cathryn or any of the deputy DSL’s you can so via the main school office on 01634 232589 or via email:






In addition to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) the Local Governing Board have appointed a named Safeguarding Governor – Jaya Dillon. It is Jaya’s role to ensure the school have effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place that take into account local risks, any statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, any local authority guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures.

Should you wish to contact Jaya please do so by emailing jdillon@danecourt-maritime.org


The Safeguarding Lead for the Trust is Matthew Bulpitt:


0208 305 4940

To contact the local authority designated officer "LADO" Sallyanne French - sallyanne.french@medway.gov.uk and Lucy Greig - lucy.greig@medway.gov.uk.

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 triage@medway.gov.uk 



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Safeguarding Child Protection Policy

What to do if your  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     

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