Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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.

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 Mathieu Verniol. Mathieu Verniol is the school's Designated Safeguard Lead ( DSL) and Assistant Headteacher:

For more information about Operation Encompass please visit the links below.
Parent poster


Mathieu Verniol - Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at PCS. Mathieu has overall responsibility for the management
of child protection and safeguarding concerns and referral to appropriate agencies, including East Sussex Children’s Services.


Ann-Marie Waite - Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion, Culture and Ethos
and Deputy DSL.

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, PE teacher and Deputy DSL who 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.

Clare Murphy is the Safeguarding Support Officer 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 email or 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.

Click here to view our Safeguarding poster

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

East Sussex Childrens Partnership