Safeguarding - Keeping Children safe in Education

Our School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Tina Gobell

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders are: Miss Jennifer Baker, Mrs Amanda Lihou and Miss Jane Wilce 


The Discovery School has a dedicated team of Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs).  The DSL team are intensively trained by Kent County Council to ensure that they are aware of all the requirements necessary to ensure that the school keeps everyone safe.

Our DSLs are always available to both parents, children and staff during school hours (8am - 4pm), should you have a concern about either an adult or a child. Your concerns will be handled with the upmost confidentiality by the DSL team.

If you have a concern about a child or adult which cannot wait until the start of a school day or you fear that they are in immediate danger, then please either call the Police on 101 or 999, depending on the severity of your concern. In addition, you can make contact with the Kent Safeguarding Children Board through their online referral system.

Click below to see the Department of Education Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2019

The School has adopted the definition of the term 'Safeguarding' used in the Children Act 2004.

In summary this is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

The School's safeguarding arrangements cover all aspects of life at School, in particular addressing these issues:

  • health and safety;
  • bullying;
  • other harassment and discrimination, including racism;
  • physical intervention;
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
  • behaviour
  • off-site visits;
  •  intimate care;
  •  internet and E-safety;
  •  physical security of the School site;
  •  recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the school site.

Our Child Protection Policies


Our Child Protection Policy


Our Child Friendly Child Protection Policy


All of out staff are trained at induction, to be able to identify and report any safeguarding concerns they may have about any child or adult at The Discovery School. All staff are regularly kept up to date with training around specific areas. Recent examples of training for staff has been focused on Peer on Peer Abuse, Domestic Violence and sexting. Staff are also required to read and understand the DFE's Keeping Children Safe in Education.


Specific Safeguarding Areas

Prevent Duty

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent religious groups and other causes.

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.


Download our Parent Leaflet below


Prevent Duty in Schools


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 ("the 2003 Act"). It is a form of child abuse and violence against women. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

Section 5B of the 2003 Act 1 introduces a mandatory reporting duty which requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report 'known' cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police.

Further Reading:


NHS information on FGM