Unity Academy staff and all providers are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This culture means we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place, which we refer to below and on our website in the policy section. Each provider will also outline their contextual arrangements on their website.

All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Parents and carers are encouraged to read the Safeguarding Policy, found below and in the policy section of this website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our Safeguarding Team:

Luke Sisson: Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Trust Alternative Provision Lead



Sarah Williams: Deputy DSL

Education Placement Manager



Courtney Chambers: Deputy DSL

Pastoral & Safeguarding Lead



Michele Picker: Deputy DSL




Elizabeth Browne: Trust Safeguarding Lead


Jane Balfe:

Education Placement Officer



Anthony Beaumont:

Education Placement Officer



Lillie Yange

Family Practitioner




If you have any safeguarding concerns, please email Luke Sisson or call the academy office on 0115 9151271 and ask to speak to a DSL. 

The team is supported by Elizabeth Browne the trust’s Safeguarding Lead and attends a half-termly safeguarding network meeting.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible on the same day.  Do NOT conduct your own investigation.

If you are concerned about the Principal, or you need to contact a DSL, please refer to the Academy’s Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy below. This can also be found on our Policies & Statements page.

Additional Support for Children, Parents & Carers

When it comes to safeguarding, it is important to work together and if further support is needed to put this support in place at the right time. We have put together some useful links for children, parents and carers to use to explore what further support is available to them. Please remember along with the services below, you are always encouraged to discuss any support/concerns with the safeguarding team at Unity Academy and at your child’s education provider.

Children and Families – Nottingham City Council – Support for children and families in Nottingham City.

Are You Worried About a Child’s Well-being? – Nottingham City Council – Contact number for children and families 0115 876 4800.


In a Crisis? – Nottingham City Council – CAMHS crisis support for children. CAMHS crisis phone number – 0808 1963779.


Childline | Childline – Childline – advice and support for children, online anytime. Childline phone number, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 0800 1111.


ASKLiON | Ask Lion – Nottingham City Directory – An online directory for local services.

Keeping children safe online | NSPCC – Advice for children, parents/carers and professionals to help keep children safe online.

Keeping children safe | NSPCC – NSPCC – Information, guidance and support for children, parents and carers.


Digital Mental Health Care – Kooth plc – Mental health support available online for children.


Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) UK (paceuk.info) – Support for parents and carers whose children are being exploited by offenders outside of the family.

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