Useful resources and contacts

ESCC Single Point of Advice (SPOA)

  • During office hours 01323 464222 Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Out of office hours – Emergency duty service Monday to Thursday 5pm to 8.30am
  • Weekends – Friday 4.30pm to Monday 8.30am
  • Public holidays – 24 hour phone 01273 335906 / 01273 335905

Childline – 08001111

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000


This policy sets out Ark’s commitment to safeguarding the children in our academies and describes in sections 1 to 5 the approach, aims and scope of the policy. Sections 6 to 8 outline roles and responsibilities for safeguarding. Section 9 to 13 outlines core definitions, procedures and information for use in schools. Further links and guidance are given in the appendices.

Whilst our policies cover the all safeguarding issues we acknowledge that County Lines and Criminal Exploitation are significant issues faced within our context. These are covered in Appendix A and for additional information on supporting young people please go to 'Safeguarding Information for Parents' page on our website.

Please see our policies at

Child Protection Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mr Luke Atkinson
Deputy DSL and Safeguarding Officer Ms Rachael Downey
Lead Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer Ms Rachel Britt

If you have a concern and would like to contact the team, please email