At Dartford Primary Academy, the safety and welfare of our children is at the heart of everything we do.

Our core safeguarding team consists of:

  • Mrs Haywood – Designated Safeguarding Lead and Vice Principal
  • Declan Filsell – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, SENCo, teacher in charge of looked after children and those with medical conditions
  • Helen Day – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Parent Support Advisor
  • Anna Reid – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Family Liaison Officer

View our full Safeguarding Team

We are here to support the whole Dartford Primary Academy community in any way we can so please do not hesitate to contact the safeguarding team, via the school office, for any questions or advice.

We work with our children to make sure they know who they can talk to if something is worrying them. In every classroom, they have access to a ‘worry box’ which is checked regularly. In every classroom, there is a display of the safeguarding team and children have focus time to talk about who these people are and where they can find them. Alongside this, our children learn about the charity ‘ChildLine’ and the helpline number.

For the most up-to-date versions of our safeguarding protocols, please see our policies page.

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass school. Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools. One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified. When we receive a notification from the police, we may make direct contact with you or further relevant authorities.

At any time, if you’re worried a child is in immediate danger you can call the police on 999 or the NSPCC hotline on 0808 800 5000.

If you want to record less immediate concerns about a child you can ring the NSPCC hotline on 0808 800 5000 or complete their online reporting form.

Online Reporting Form

Alternatively, you can contact Kent’s children services team on 03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11) or email Out of hours and in an emergency call 03000 41 91 91.

Reporting your concerns could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.

The NSPCC is working with the Department of Education to provide a bespoke helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

If you are concerned about something, you can contact the NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email

Concerned About Radicalisation

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