If you believe that a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call the academy, or call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

Our safeguarding personnel are as follows:

  • DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead: Geoff Matthews
  • Deputy Child Protection Coordinator: Rob Harvey
  • Child Looked After Coordinator: Alastair Kent
  • E-Safety Coordinator: Geoff Matthews
  • Person responsible for children with medical conditions: Gail Cox

Contact the Strood Academy Safeguarding team: safeguarding@stroodacademy.org

Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.

Spot Abuse

You may be concerned about a child or young person. You may or may not know them, or even their name. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse and even emotional abuse.

Take Responsibility

Don’t assume that someone else will take responsibility and make that phone call. You could help to save a child’s life. If you are worried, report it.

Tell Someone!

Please contact Specialist Children’s Services or the Police immediately:

Medway Central Duty Team
Telephone: 01634 334 466

Emergency Out of Hours
Telephone: 03000 419191
E-mail: social.services@kent.gov.uk

Kent Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit
Telephone: 01622 690 690

If you need to advise us of a child or young person moving into Kent from another area, please contact the Safeguarding Unit on 01622 694157.

Links and resources you may find helpful at this time

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
  • Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)
  • www.samaritans.org
  • If you’re in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night.
  • Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Email: jo@samaritans.org
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
  • www.thecalmzone.net
  • Offers support to young men in the UK who are down or in a crisis.
  • Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (Daily 17:00-midnight)
  • Webchat
The Mix
  • www.themix.org.uk
  • If you’re under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need. 
  • Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)
Emerge - A voice of hope
  • For children aged 10 to 25 struggling with anxiety, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
  • Call 07983 136 215 Tues to Thurs 7pm to 11pm
  • Facebook: @Emerge.Advocacy
  • Instagram: @emergeadv0cacy (the zero is on purpose)
  • Website: www.emergeadvocacy.com/
Medway School Nurses

A Self-Referral form for young people who are feeling some level of anxiety or worry.