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Safeguarding Team

Mrs Samantha Hodder, Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Mrs Georgie Tinker, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Wider Safeguarding Team


Mrs Lucy DeScossa

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Designated Safeguarding Officer

Miss Kate Porter

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Designated Safeguarding Officer

Mr Shane Hawkings

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Academy Councillor with Responsibility for Safeguarding

Key Contacts

Role NameContact numberContact Email
Designated Safeguarding LeadSamantha Hodder01934 626769[email protected]
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadGeorgie Tinker01934 626769[email protected]


Samantha Hodder01934 626769[email protected]
CLF Designated Safeguarding OfficerSteve Bane07581 477846[email protected]
Academy Council Safeguarding LinkShane Hawkings[email protected]
Safeguarding Email Address[email protected]

At Uphill Village Academy we are vigilant in keeping children safe from harm and are committed to safeguarding our children. All adults, including staff, parents and governors, have a responsibility to safeguard children; any concerns, no matter how small, should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding lead.

If anyone has concerns about a member of staff, these should be reported to Mrs Samantha Hodder, or in her absence, Mrs Georgie Tinker. If the concern is about Mrs Samantha Hodder, the concern should be reported to the Chair of Academy Council, Mr Shane Hawkings who is also the Academy Councillor responsible for Safeguarding. Alternatively, contact DOFA (Designated Officer for Allegations) on 01275 888808 or the police on 101.

If a safeguarding issue is not addressed appropriately, any adult can speak directly to the Referral and Assessment Team on 01275 888808 or the Police on 101.

The definition of safeguarding, as used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education guidance document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’;

  • protecting children and learners from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
  • ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

Ensuring the children of Uphill Village Academy feel safe and secure is essential to ensure they are happy in their lives both now and in the future, and to enable them to fully access the education they are entitled to. Uphill Village Academy is committed to this end.

Prevent Strategy

The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of our overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  In the Act this has simply been expressed as the need to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

The Academy lead for the Prevent Strategy is Samantha Hodder. If you have any concerns relating to this please use the contact numbers above.

Safeguarding Policies

Online Safety

Staying safe online is very important within today’s ever changing world.  Here at Uphill Village Academy we take online safety very seriously and we continually reinforce staying safe on the internet within lessons and general use around the school.  Please read our Online Safety Policy for more information.

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