The Children's Commissioner would love to hear from children and their families!
She wants to know what you think about family and how you feel about family life.
If a child is in imminent danger then please dial 999 for the Police.
The team at Peacehaven Community School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil. We aim to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of each individual child and strive to make sure that every pupil in the school feels safe, secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.
We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We recognise the need to teach children the skills they need to stay safe and to ask for help if they need it.
We work hard to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils and ensure that we have adequate arrangements in place to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering, or who are likely to suffer, harm.
We are committed to safe recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that all staff and volunteers have been appropriately screened prior to appointment, and to the provision of appropriate child protection training through the staff induction programme and within continuing professional development opportunities.
If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please make immediate contact to the school directly on 01273 581100 and clearly state that your call relates to a potential safeguarding issue. If your concerns are outside of school hours or during the school holidays, please contact the police or Duty and Assessment Team on 01323 464453.
CEOP is set up to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Online abuse can be reported here
CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying, fake accounts or account hacking. https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
For advice on how to protect children from the dangers of extremism, which includes information on the warning signs, how parents should talk to children about extremism and the steps concerned parents should take please visit:
Educate Against Hate - Prevent Radicalisation & Extremism
Peacehaven Community School is part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass ensures that schools are informed about incidences of domestic abuse, enabling the school to support young people who are experiencing this. The Key Adult for Peacehaven
Community School is Ann-Marie Waite. Ann-Marie Waite is the school's Designated Safeguard Lead ( DSL) and Deputy Head Teacher:
Ann-Marie Waite (Deputy Headteacher, Learning Support & SENDCo) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at PCS. Ann-Marie has overall responsibility for the management of child protection and safeguarding concerns and referral to appropriate agencies, including East Sussex Children’s Services.
DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEADS WILL MANAGE SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS IN THE ABSENCE OF ANN-MARIE WAITE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD
Josie Turner is Assistant Headteacher and Deputy DSL who supports students to make academic and social progress.
James Broadbent (Assistant Headteacher) is a Deputy DSL who supports students to make academic and social progress.
Kate Leggett is Pastoral Lead of Year 11, PE teacher and Deputy DSL who manages safeguarding concerns in the absence of the DSL
and supports students to make academic and social progress.
Jenna Tucker (Early Help Coordinator) is the Safeguarding Officer and works with young people and their families to promote social and emotional well-being. She supports the DSL and Deputy DSL's to manage child protection and safeguarding across the school.
Maria Budd is Senior SENCo Assistant and Deputy DSL who works with young people and their families to promote social and emotional wellbeing.
Clare Murphy is a Pastoral Manager of Year 10 and Deputy DSL who works with young people and their families to promote social and emotional wellbeing.
If you have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of a student at PCS, please contact 01273 581100 and ask to speak to one of the above
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. All of the staff above work together with other PCS staff to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students.
Guidance for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and keeping children safe online
The Children’s Commissioner is today launching a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
“The things I wish my parents had known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content, including pornography.
The Commissioner’s office began a programme of work focussing on peer-on-peer abuse following the avalanche of testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited website, which laid bare an epidemic of sexual violence among teens. This was picked up in Ofsted’s June 2021 review of sexual harassment in schools and colleges.
A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.
If you need support around this please contact the safeguarding team above.