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The Senior Designated Person for Safeguarding is
Name: Laura Collins (Interim Head of School)

In her absence the Designated Person is:
Name: Ed Gittins (Assistant Head Teacher) and Jeremy Meek (Interim Executive Head Teacher)

The Nominated Governor for safeguarding children is:
Name: Chris Taylor (Email: christopher.taylor@stepacademytrust.org)

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Key policy documents can be seen on the STEP Academy website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.



As part of Phoenix Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent StrategyAs part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. This is included as part of th KS2 curriculum and training is completed annually for staff.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at Phoenix Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hatewebsite by the DfE.

Further details are also available in the STEP Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation and British Values Policy


Local Authority Contacts
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):Amanda Glover
01323 466606 OR 07825 782793
East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
Chair: Reg Hooke01273 481544
Address: East Sussex County Council, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes
East Sussex, BN7 1SG
Child Protection & Child in Need referrals
SPOA – Single Point of Advice
01323 464222
019.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk OR
Emergency Duty Service – Children’s Services (East Sussex County Council)01273 335905/6
For CAMHS referrals and advice contact:CAMHS, Highmore, Western Road, Hailsham
East Sussex, BN27 3DY
Tel: 01323 446070
Fax: 01323 446074
Early Help Keywork ServiceRing SPOA then ask for the Early Help case worker assigned to the child.