Keeping Children Safe


Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding.  At the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, we are committed to practice which protects children from harm. 

At the Academy:

If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child at the Academy, please ask to speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Darren Jones.
Phone: 01903 767434 (extension 2004)

In the DSL’s absence, you will be directed to the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads; Charlotte Earl-Novell, Director of Safeguarding, Catherine Urwin, Vice Principal or Kieran Scanlon, Principal.

You can email the DSL team on


Outside of the Academy:

Please take advice from West Sussex County Council about what to do if you think a child is at risk of abuse, neglect or sexual exploitation.
You can also call West Sussex County Council’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01403 229900
You can also call the NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
There is guidance for schools on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” published by the Department for Education in 2016. This can be found here.

If you are a young person:

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.  You can call Childline on 0800 1111 or have a look at the website:

‘Prevent’ duty and students vulnerable to extremism

From 1 July 2015 all schools have a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
We aim for the Sir Robert Woodard Academy to be a safe place in which young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of the terrorist ideology.  We will support them to learn how to challenge these ideas.
We actively promote fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  We do this through the pastoral curriculum, in subject lessons and in assemblies.  We also monitor computer and internet usage by students to enable us to identify vulnerable students.
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