Safeguarding at Bexhill Academy

Parents Sections

Bexhill Academy recognises its legal duty to safeguard and protect students from abuse as defined in the Children Act 2004 and section 175 of the Education Act 2002. The overall intention and purpose behind the school’s safeguarding policy is underpinned by the fundamental principle of the 1989 Children Act:

‘the welfare of the child is the paramount concern’

Our Academy takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children. We recognise that effective child protection requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

The Academy has updated its Safeguarding and Child Protection policy (Sept 2020) in line with the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020. This policy is available in the policies section of the website. The key changes included in KCSIE 2020 include:

  • 1.definition of safeguarding
  • 2.mental health
  • 3. wholeschool safeguarding culture
  • 4.emphasising the important role of governors in robust safeguarding
  • 5.children who have a social worker
  • 6.safer recruitment (including supply teachers)
  • 7.role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

 Please feel free to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Hillman) or the Safeguarding Team at

Safer Internet Day 2020

Bexhill Academy participated in Safer Internet Day Feb 2020.  This is a global annual event and supports the academy’s wider Online Safety education programme. Whilst the event has now finished the materials will remain on our website as they contain many useful references and contacts for our students and parents/carers.

Further information and advice for parents/carers can be found in the parent/carer Information and Support section on our website. In addition, further information is available in the Covid 19 section on the website, including advice on supporting your child to keep safe online at home. This is a key focus in the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.

Child Exploitation

Child Exploitation - County Lines

Information for Parents/Carers on County Lines

Child Exploitation – Gangs

Advise for young people worried about gangs and violence


Data Protection

Data Protection

Information for parents and carers


The Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) was setup in 2011 to help all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face.

Tel: 0345 381 4772

Email :


Bexhill Academy demonstrates a clear commitment to the promotion of diversity and equality as highlighted in its Friendship and Anti-Bullying Policy and other policies and related documents.

Bexhill Academy aims to create a fair and just school community that promotes social inclusion, community cohesion and equality that respects diversity and which challenges and acts upon all forms of discrimination and inequality, including bullying.

Bexhill Academy works actively to celebrate difference and challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and all other forms of prejudice through assemblies, the curriculum and special projects throughout the year.

There is a continuous focus to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability regardless of their gender, ethnic or racial background,religion, ability or sexuality.

We actively promote the British Values of tolerance, fairness, respect for other faiths, and the rule of law and democracy. Our Bexhill Academy Values underpin our whole school behaviour and rewards system.

Extremism and PREVENT


Building the resilience of young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. Schools can do this by providing safe places in which children can discuss controversial issues, and be given the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.

Schools play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of children in their care.

For an introduction to the Prevent duty and an explanation of how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised, HM Government has created an e-learning module following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. The module has been created withthe feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.

Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation

It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in schools.

FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure – Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood. The average age is 10 to 12 years.

At Bexhill Academy, our staff are trained in dealing with FGM and are alerted to the following key indicators:

  • A child’s family comes from a community that is known to practise FGM.
  • A chid may talk about a long holiday to a country where the practice is prevalent.
  • A child may confide that she is to have a ‘special procedure’ or to attend a special occasion.
  • A child may request help from a teacher or another adult.

Any female child born to a woman or has a sister who has been subjected to FGM will be considered to be at risk, as much as other female children in the extended family. Any information or concern that a child is at risk of FGM will result in a child protection referral to Children’s Social Care.

The new mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. Guidelines on mandatory reporting can be found here.

Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Offensive Weapons

Safeguarding Children and Adults

Talking to Children about Pornography

The Impact of Domestic Violence