“ Dedicated to keeping our staff and students safe and well”

When a parent or member of staff recognises there is a problem with a student in their group e.g. attendance dropping, becoming withdrawn, changes in usual behaviour, or known emotional issues – depending on the issue these concerns need to be discussed with the appropriate member of staff immediately.  Various interventions can then be put in place to support the student and/or family.


Appendix to Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 

Safeguarding & Child Protection Arrangements Policy during Covid

Other relevant policies are located in the Policies Section

Child Protection

Should you or your child have any concerns about the welfare of any pupil please contact one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

Please be aware that if the school suspects abuse or neglect it may consider referring to Children’s Services.

Our CHS Designated Safeguarding Lead:


Mr. C. Kibble

The Lead Governor for Child Protection is:

Mr D Brown

Email Mr D Brown

If you have any concerns about the safety of a student at the school, please do not hesitate to contact us on the main school number or via e-mail.

Please click on the image below for the Thomas Bennett Community College Safeguarding Team: 


Useful Websites


Bullying can happen anywhere and be about anything. Here you'll find information about different types of bullying, plus get help and support.



Child Exploitation and Online Protection command

If you have been a victim of sexual online abuse or you're worried this is happening to someone you know, make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.



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. The number is 0800 1111

Visit the website



CPOMS-Safeguarding and child Protection Software for school. CPOMS is the market leading software application for monitoring child protection, safeguarding and a whole range of pastoral and welfare issues. Working alongside a school’s existing safeguarding processes, CPOMS is an intuitive system to help with the management and recording of child protection, behavioural issues, bullying, special educational needs, domestic issues and much much more. Using CPOMS, schools can ensure that students are safe and fully supported, whilst school staff can focus on teaching and providing support, instead of administration.




County Lines is a very serious issue where criminal gangs set up a drug dealing operation in a place outside their usual operating area. Gangs will move their drug dealing from big cities to smaller towns in order to make more money. 

To find more information about County Lines click on the link below:

County Lines


Child Sexual Exploitation

CSE is committed to helping safeguard children by encouraging residents to recognise and respond to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) by spotting the signs and highlighting the fact that CSE can, and does happen in West Sussex.

CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.



Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (often referred to as FGM) is a destructive operation, during which the female genitals are partly or entirely removed or injured with the aim of inhibiting a woman’s sexual feelings. Most often the mutilation is performed before puberty, often on girls between the age of four and eight, but recently it is increasingly performed on babies who are only a couple of days, weeks or months old.

FGM-How to Get Help

Mentor Awareness

Information for parents and carers
Strengthening family bonds to build resilience to risk
Parents and carers: you play a vital role in keeping children safe from drugs and alcohol. Don’t underestimate your influence, or how long it lasts. Your attitudes and behaviour help shape your child’s views on drink and drugs.

Mentor Awareness


NSPCC stands for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

It means that each of us has a responsibility to keep childhood free from abuse, and we must do everything possible to protect children and prevent it from happening.

So if a law needs to change, or if more needs to be done to protect children, we demand it. The fact that we’re independent – relying on the public to fund our work – means we can push for change when others can’t.




Preventing extremism and radicalisation

How to reduce the risk of extremism and radicalisation.

Prevent Parenting InfoWest Sussex Information-Preventing extremism and radicalisation