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Catch22’s approach to safeguarding all of our learners is founded in the nature of our relationships. We prioritise assessing and managing the needs of our learners and have a dynamic approach to identification, assessment and response to risk.


In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. 


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: 

  • protecting children from maltreatment, 

  • preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development, 

  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and 

  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. 


The Austen Academy fully recognises the responsibility we have to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people.

Safeguarding Policies

Key Safeguarding Contacts at The Austen Academy


If you wish to contact the school with a safeguarding issue, please email the school using the contact form or phone 01256 236640 and ask to speak to:

  • Lisa Crompton, Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Liz Cooper, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Download Catch22's Designated Safeguarding Lead Role Description below:

Information for Students


If you think you or someone you know is being abused, or neglected, or have any safeguarding issues that you would like to report, or simply get some advice on, you can do this by using this link: 


Report a Safeguarding Concern Link


Any reports made on here will be shared with Gemma Roberson, the Head of Safeguarding for Catch22. 


Student Safeguarding Useful Links


Information for Parents


The Austen Academy works with many other organisations and agencies to support and safeguard the young people with whom we work.


If you are worried about yourself or someone else, the following links may be useful in directing you to an organisation that can help: 


Online Safety


Please see below for useful documents, websites and posters regarding keeping your child safe in the online world.