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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future


Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

  • Fiona May - Headteacher
  • Gwen Webb - SENCO

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

  • Rebecca Jones - Welfare and Attendance Lead
  • Joanne Skinner - Inclusions, Interventions and Mental Health Lead
  • Charlotte Harris - Assistant SENCO, Data and Progress Lead

Safeguarding Statement

The Inspiring Change MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.

We have policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, together with recording and monitoring processes.

To promote a safe environment for students, we employ a strict selection and recruitment process which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all to Designated Safeguarding Lead for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and comprehensive records are kept.

All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.

Student attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, Medway Council’s Attendance Advisory Service, Social Care and the school Safeguarding team.

We work effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people.

If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at The Rowans please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership

A collective resource for Medway providing information, advice and guidance for children and young people, parents and carers, practitioners and volunteers to promote and ensure the safety and well being of children in Medway.

The Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) replaced the Medway Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) on 2 September 2019.

Worried About a Child

Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway.

Making a referral to Medway Council Children's Social Care

If you are a member of the public with concerns that a child or young person living in Medway is suffering from harm please use the following contact details;

  • Tel: 01634 334 466

Medway's First Response service

  • Telephone: 01634 334466
  • 24 hour emergency number: 0300 041 9191

Medway now have a new referral and contact form for members of the public and professional where you can report any safeguarding concerns about a child or young person. Once the form has been submitted, it will be reviewed and assessed and action will be taken.

To report a child safeguarding concern on line please follow this link.

To report an adult safeguarding concern please follow this link.

Medway Children's Services Social Work Structure Changes.

Alternative telephone numbers where you have concerns about a child.

  • NSPCC 0808 800 5000
  • Child Line 0800 1111
  • Medway Police 01622 690 690

Useful contact details