Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (July 2018) as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health and development;
  • ensuring that children grow up circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Rye College will ensure that we will safeguard and promote welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. We expect all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ which can be viewed in the ‘Policies’ section of our website. We are equally committed to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play a full and active part in society.

Within this page you can also find additional outside agency support for you and your family.  This includes specialist support within school, national support schemes and local support networks. 

Designated Safeguarding Leads 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads for our school are: 

Miss. J. Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher) 

Mrs. V. Gall (Assistant DSL)

Ms. A. Mills (Assistant DSL)

Mr. D. Downes (Assistant DSL)

Our PREVENT lead is:  

Miss. J. Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher)

Important Documents

Worried about a child who might be at risk of harm?

If you are worried about a young person, in an emergency call 999.

You can continue to raise concerns with the school otherwise contact the local authority’s Single Point of Advice (SPOA):

Online Safety

The coronavirus has increased the amount of online remote study young people are completing. You can continue to report harmful content or anti-social online behaviour to us, or use the following resources:

Additional Resources 

If your child would like to speak to someone confidentially, there are helplines and websites specifically for them:



Free, confidential support via text, available 24/7

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer who will provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving

The Mix

Free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem


Confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem

Children’s Society

Information and support on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing.
Click here for their website


Where to turn to for help

Remember it is okay to not be okay. We all need someone to talk to sometimes. If you feel overwhelmed, at risk of abuse or experiencing financial need, there are people you can call on for support:


Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities


A mental health charity
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website:


Youth suicide prevention society

Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)



Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website:


Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers


A charity dedicated to children’s mental health

Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)


Cruse Bereavement Care

Support for grief and bereavement

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)



Support within the community for families

Domestic Violence



Child protection charity

Phone: 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

0800 1111 for children (ChildLine's 24-hour helpline) Website:


Advice on dealing with domestic violence
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) Website:


Community Support

Rye Food Bank  

Address: Rye Baptist Church, Cinque Port Street, Rye TN31 7AN

Contact: 07856 267423

Bexhill Food Bank

Address: 19-20 Station Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1RE

Contact: 01424 736515 / 07866 570468
The Trussell Trust Food Bank

Address: The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA

Contact: 07526 066453


Child Protection Policy Statement

The Secretary of State for Education directed all schools in England and Wales to close on 23rd March as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thereafter, the Department for Education provided guidance on the safeguarding of pupils during the period of school closure. Aquinas and the academy are complying with this guidance as reflected in the addendum to the Trust Safeguarding Policy (the Addendum), which is found on the ‘Policies’ page of the Aquinas website For the period of school closure, the Academy’s Child Protection Policy will be altered as detailed in the Addendum.

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