Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.  Byron takes this role extremely seriously and our approach to safeguarding is underpinned by two key principles:


• a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children; and

• safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part.


At Byron we fulfil these principles by always putting the needs of each individual child at the centre of what we do; working closely with other agencies to provide effective support; and providing staff with regular and up-to-date safeguarding training.


Mr Carthy is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. This includes Prevent, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.


Mr Presneill and Mrs Ford are Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. Mrs Vella is the Senior Welfare Officer. All received updated DSL training in 2021. Mrs Fitzgerald and Mrs Rosamond have also received the same level of training.


Mrs England is the Data Protection Officer for The Westbrook Trust.




Worried about a child?

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


Click HERE to view a copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022).




Making a referral to Medway Council Children's Social Care

If you have concerns that a child or young person living in Medway is suffering from harm please use the following contact details;

  • Tel: 01634 334466


Medway's First Response Service

Telephone: 01634 334466

24 hour emergency number: 03000 419191

Fax: 01634 333188

or click on this link for more details



Alternative telephone numbers where you have concerns about a child.

  • NSPCC 08088005000
  • Child Line 08001111
  • Medway Police 01622690690


Useful contact details

  • Non emergency number 101
  • Emergency number 999
  • LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) - Tel: 01634 331065