Maritime Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students in the academy.

We recognise that there is no higher priority than student’s safety and well-being. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

As an Academy, we feel it is of the upmost importance that students are safe and feel safe so they can reach their full potential. Our nurturing environment coupled with a culture of support means students can seek the help they need quickly, and the staff are expertly trained to look out for any signs that a student is subject to harm. 

It is important that all members of the academy’s community see it as a safe place, and this extends to parents and carers. We know that starting secondary school can be an anxious time for parents as well as students. Parents can feel confident and secure that detailed policies and procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. 

At Maritime Academy, we have a team of experienced staff who are safeguarding trained. We also ensure all staff are kept up to date with relevant information so that student safety is at the forefront of everything we do. 

Not only do we prioritise the safety of all students at the academy, but we also recognise that our role is to educate students and parents about how to keep themselves safe, whether this is online or recognising signs of abuse. 

We have in place a range of policies and procedures to support our safeguarding commitment. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads / Deputies in school in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance.  You can find a link to our Safeguarding policy above. If there is any additional information you require, please contact a member of the safeguarding team. 

All students, staff and parents are encouraged to report any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding or child protection to the safeguarding team. Students will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff and where appropriate we will signpost students and families to receive additional support from outside agencies if this is necessary. 

Useful Safeguarding Links

Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership

This collective resource provides information, advice and guidance for children and young people, as well as parents and carers, practitioners, and volunteers.

Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
Kids Health
Helpful links for parents, kids, teens and educators that cover a range of topics from body to mind.

Nemours KidsHealth - the Web's most visited site about children's health
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
Educate Against Hate
Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism.
Advice, guidance and support.

Family Lives
Building better family lives together.



Internet Safety

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
My Safety Net
Safety Net is a charity which helps children and young people feel safe and confident.
CEOP Internet Safety
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.
Get Safe Online
Advice and help about online safety.



Substance Use

Talk to Frank
Honest information about drugs.
Turning Point
Resources and support lines that offer a range of health and wellbeing services, including drug and alcohol support for young people.


National Self Harm Network
The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions.
NHS Self harm guide
For people who deliberately harm themselves and are unhappy about it. It is also for family and friends who may have difficulty understanding this behaviour.



Mental Health

Winston’s Wish
Winston’s Wish is a national helpline that supports children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
Information and guidance around mental health.
Mental Wellbeing.




Winston’s Wish
Winston’s Wish is a national helpline that supports children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care are here to support you after the death of someone close.