St. Leonard's CEP Academy

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" Proverb 22:6


DCAT Safeguarding

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and all its Local Governing Bodies take seriously their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with all stakeholders to ensure arrangements within our schools identify, assess and support those children and young people who are suffering harm. DCAT expect all staff, employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

All DCAT schools academies have their own Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be found on the individual school’s website.  All DCAT schools report safeguarding concerns through either MyConcern or CPOMS. Strategic overview and management of safeguarding is led by the Trust Centre staff with reports shared at Trustee level. 

The Trust’s Designated Safeguarding lead is: Mark Talbot, Chief Executive Officer.

The safeguarding trustee is: Nick Taunt.

If you have a query about safeguarding, please contact your school in the first instance or if this is not appropriate, please ring 01273 425001 or email:

CEOP is a part of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button


Childline: Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime by calling 0800 1111 or click on the Childline button.


NSPCC: The NSPCC provide therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. We help professionals make the best decisions for children and young people, and support communities to help prevent abuse from happening in the first place. You can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

For Whistleblowing purposes around adults, if you do not feel that the ODBST team has taken your concerns onboard, or you do not feel able to raise them with us, then you can contact NSPCC directly on 0808 800 5000 or email


St Leonards Primary Academy Safeguarding


Your child’s safety and welfare is of paramount importance, overriding all other considerations.


It is the responsibility of every member of staff in the Academy to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Safeguarding covers recruitment of staff, visitors to the Academy, the Academy site and the safety of all pupils and staff.


We follow statutory guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2022). This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe.


For more information please see the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board’s website.


St. Leonards Church of England Primary  Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. 

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff or volunteer in our school, you must contact the Headteacher –Mrs Faith Rew or if the concern is with Mrs Rew, the Chair of Governors, Mr Davis.


To safeguard children and young people we do the following:

· Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks are carried out on everyone regularly working in the school

·  The DBS status of every adult working with our   students (e.g. sports coaches and music teachers) is checked

· No adult without a DBS check will be left unsupervised with pupils at St Leonards CEP   Academy

· Contractors and other services working on site are required to meet safeguarding requirements

· All school staff are given safeguarding training annually and are conversant with the DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’

· Allegations will be dealt with quickly, fairly and with transparency

· Safeguarding procedures will be communicated to all staff, parents and visitors


All policies are available in the policies tab

Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding Updates


From time to time we send safeguarding updates to parents. Please see below for fact sheets that support keeping you child safe online.

If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful.


  • CEOP News and articles surrounding internet safety.

  • Think You Know Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.

  • Parent Info Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

  • NSPCC Online Safety Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

  • Action for Children Action for Children supports and speaks for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

  • BBC Bitesize Fun activities to help children at learn more key subjects.