The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and all its Local Governing Bodies take seriously their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with to ensure arrangements within our schools identify, assess and support those children and young people who are suffering harm. DCAT expect all staff, employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

All DCAT schools follow the same Trust wide model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be found on the individual school’s website. All DCAT schools report safeguarding concerns through MyConcern. Strategic overview and management of safeguarding is led by the Trust Centre staff with reports shared at Trustee level.

The Trust’s Safegaurding Team is made up of:

  • Dominique Lewis, Co-Head of HR and Trust Safeguarding Lead (Trust DSL)
  • Mark Talbot, Chief Executive Officer (Trust Deputy DSL)
  • Stephen Barrett-Kinsley, Chief Operating Officer (Trust Deputy DSL)

The safeguarding trustee is: Nick Wilkinson.

If you have a query about safeguarding, please contact your school in the first instance or if this is not appropriate, please ring 01273 425001 or email:

Further Information is available to download here:
Keeping Children Safe in Education -DfE guidance on safeguarding

CEOP is a part of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

Childline: Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime by calling 0800 1111 or click on the Childline button.

NSPCC: The NSPCC provide therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. We help professionals make the best decisions for children and young people, and support communities to help prevent abuse from happening in the first place. You can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

For Whistleblowing purposes around adults, if you do not feel that the ODBST team has taken your concerns onboard, or you do not feel able to raise them with us, then you can contact NSPCC directly on 0808 800 5000 or email