Our top priority at The Oaks is the safeguarding of our young people. We follow safer recruitment legislation and guidance for all staff and have access to expertise within relevant local authorities and other specialist agencies and services. All staff receive safeguarding and Prevent training as part of their induction and this is updated at least annually. If you or your son or daughter have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

To view our Safeguarding Policy, please click here.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Ros Leach
Ros LeachHead of College - Lead DSL
Gordon Tillman
Gordon TillmanChief Executive Officer - Deputy DSL
John Spavins
John Spavins Business Manager - Deputy DSL
Charlotte Thomas
Charlotte ThomasAdmissions & Attendance Officer - Deputy DSL & Safeguarding Administrator
Lynsey Ritchie
Lynsey RitchieHead of Personal Development - Deputy DSL & Safeguarding Administrator
Nikki Twiner
Nikki TwinerHigh Need's Policies and Procedures - Deputy DSL & Safeguarding Administrator

Safeguarding line/ College office – 01732 207950

Please leave a message outlining your concerns and we will get back to you.

If a young person is in immediate danger call 999

Alternatively, you can contact your local authority:

Kent County Council

Find out here how to access Social Care support in Kent.

If you think you have any care and support needs, you can contact Kent County Council to ask for a free assessment.

If you or the person you want help for are over 18 years old:
• call 03000 41 61 61 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)
• call 03000 41 91 91 (outside of office hours – for emergencies only)
• text relay 18001 03000 41 61 61
• email

East Sussex County Council

Find out here to access Social Care in East Sussex

If you think you have any care and support needs, you can contact East Sussex County Council to ask for a free assessment.

Call: 0345 60 80 191