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.

Click here to view a collection of useful links and resources

strood academy's safeguarding team

Contact the Strood Academy Safeguarding Team:

Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Julie Lindsay, Vice Principal

Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Leanne Barlow, Assistant Principal

College Safeguarding Officers

Victory College
Mrs Hurley Sherwood

Hercules College
Ms Katie Brice

Trafalgar College
Ms Phillips

Other Safeguarding Personnel

Family Liaison Officer
Mrs Debbie Phillips

Designated Child in Care Teacher
Ms Leanne Barlow, Assistant Principal

Person Responsible for Children with Medical Conditions
Mr Matthew Piggott, Vice Principal

Named Safeguarding Governor
Mr C Guerin-Hassett

spot abuse

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.

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

The Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership website is an excellent resource for parents to refer to.

NELFT/CAMHS – Mental Health Concerns

Medway Young Persons Well-being Service is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week if you are concerned about yourself or another’s mental health and well-being. Please call 03000 300 1981 / 0800 011 3474 option 1.

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.

Emergency Out of Hours

Telephone: 03000 419191


Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Child Line

Telephone: 0800 1111

Online Safety

Leigh Academies Trust and each academy within it works to establish and maintain an environment in which all young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected in both the real and virtual world. Young people are encouraged to talk and are listened to if they are worried, and their concerns are taken seriously and acted upon appropriately. All academies strive to develop effective and supportive links with other agencies to further promote the well being of each student.

Safety in the online world is an ever evolving proposition, so for parents and teachers it can prove to be a challenge to stay on top of technological developments, and to know how best to raise children in a safe and flourishing environment.

Please see the following link to the NOS website, featuring training and guidance to parents and students regarding online safety.

National Online Safety Website

useful links and resources

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. 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.

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258


If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, email, or chat online about any problem big or small. Sign up for a childline account on the website to be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address.

Click here to go to the website
Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111
Click here to chat 1:1 with an online advisor

The Mix

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. 

Click here to go to the website
Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Offers support to young men in the UK who are down or in a crisis.

Click here to go to the website
Click here to use the CALM Webchat

Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (Daily 17:00-midnight)

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)

Confidential advice and support for young people who feel suicidal.

Click here to go to the website
HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209 697


If you’re in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night.

Click here to go to the website
Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)

YoungMinds A-Z Mental Health Guide for Parents

An A-Z guide on how to help your child with their feelings and mental health.

Click here to view the guide

CAMHS Mobile Apps

A collection of useful applications for mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to view the apps


Information about what self-harm is and how to overcome it.

Click here to view the website

Medway School Nurses

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

Click here to access the self-referral forms


CEOP Education

Supporting you to deliver education and raise awareness of online child abuse and exploitation.

Click here to go to the website


For children aged 10 to 25 struggling with anxiety, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

Click here to go to the website
Telephone: 07983 136 215 Tues to Thurs 7pm to 11pm
Click here to go to the Facebook page
Click here to go to the Instagram page

Mental Health UK Conversation Guide

A guide to help support you in talking to someone about mental health.

Click here to view the guide