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The Safeguarding and Inclusion Service is now divided into two areas, the first of which is working with schools, providing specialist advice, support and guidance for school leadership and governing bodies to enable them to meet their statutory responsibilities around safeguarding. The second area is to provide support to some of the most vulnerable young people in Lewisham who may be exhibiting challenging behaviour and/or are at risk of exclusion.


Lewisham Safeguarding and Inclusion Service

This services sits within the Access Inclusion and Participation Service and works very closely with the other teams within this service, including Fair Access, Admissions and Attendance.  The following areas, sit within this service: Elective Home Education, Exclusions, Alternative Provision and Safeguarding in Schools.


Elective Home Education

Lewisham recognises that parents have a right to choose to educate their children at home. For many parents this is a positive choice, and there are well-established networks of support available to ensure that children have good educational experiences. However, the local authority has a safeguarding responsibility and is required to implement procedures which identify children who are being home educated, and ensure a process for monitoring and follow up if necessary.
The Elective Home Education Officer will make informal enquiries and work with parents to monitor the quality of education provided for children educated at home, to ensure that children are safe, to take action to ensure that the educational needs of children educated at home are fully met. 

To read more about our Elective Home Education processes, please click here


Exclusions and Reintegration

Providing guidance to aid the prevention of exclusion and support reintegration into education.
Our Exclusion and Reintegration Officer works closely with schools, parents and the local authority colleagues to provide advice on:

  • Preventing Exclusions
  • Ensuring DfE Guidance and procedures are followed correctly for fixed period and permanent exclusions
  • Coordinating the admission of vulnerable children and young people including those who have been permanently excluded
  • Pupils missing out on education
  • Pupils receiving an alternative education provision 

To read more about our Exclusions and Reintegration processes, please click here 


Alternative Provision in Lewisham 

In Lewisham, we have two alternative provisions based in the borough.  Rockbourne Park for our primary aged children, and Abbey Manor College for our secondary aged students. We also commission places at alternative provisions outside of this borough, that we quality assure using an annual quality assurance framework.  Click here for a link to the directory of providers.

Rockbourne Park
Type of provision  
Primary Phase Alternative Provision
Type of learner  
Primary aged pupils who are out of education/at risk of exclusion.
How can learners access KS4 provision? - Referral routes  
Referral forms are available from Lewisham Fair Access Panel
Lavinia Phillips
Email: FAP.lewisham@lewisham.gov.uk
Telephone: 0208 314 7447
When where and how is this provided
Rockbourne Park is currently situated on the Rockbourne Youth Club site:
41A Rockbourne Rd, SE23 2DA ( 07983 114276)
We work during term time and operate from 8.30am to 2.30pm, five days a week. 
Children are on site 6 x hours a day (30 x hours per week)
We are part of the Kennington Park Academy located in Lambeth and are part of the Parallel Learning Trust.  
Placements available only through Lewisham Fair Access Panel.
Contact and person details
Anne Sturman, Headteacher, 0207 504 0550 / 07854 265 287 asturman@kenningtonpark.org.uk  

Abbey Manor College
Type of provision - Pupil Referral Unit
Abbey Manor College provides educational programmes for 11-19 year olds who do not conform to conventional education.  The College offers constructive learning based on vocational programmes at KS4 and 5 (14-19) and National Curriculum subjects at KS3 (11-13). 
Type of learner
KS3 and KS4 – permanent exclusions. KS4 – learners at risk of permanent exclusion. KS5 - learners who are regarded as too vulnerable to access Further Education at post-16.
KS4 and KS5 courses
BTEC Art and Design

  • BTEC Business  
  • City and Guilds Construction Skills Level 1
  • BTEC Creative Media Production – Digital Arts
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Music
  • BTEC Sport
  • NVQ 2 Hospitality
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism

A range of GCSEs Including English and Maths.

When, where and how is this provided? 

  • Intervention for KS3 and 4 – John Evelyn Campus in Ladywell
  • KS4 and 5 – Broadoak Campus in Lee Green.

All learning takes place on site and is full time.
Referral routes
Referral via the home school or local authority for permanent exclusions. For KS4 interventions and KS5 contact the College directly.
Schools and local authorities that Abbey Manor College works with
All Lewisham schools and others in neighbouring boroughs.   All learners are interviewed with parents/carers following referrals from Schools or the local authority.
KS4 referrals - £135 per day.
Contact person and details
Ismail Ibrahim, Deputy Headteacher, telephone: 020 8297 7060, 40 Falmouth Close, London, SE12 8PJ


Safeguarding in Education 

Lewisham Council’s Safeguarding in Education Service is an excellent source of information, advice and guidance delivered primarily through Lewisham’s Safeguarding in Education Lead, offering expertise and training for members of the school leadership team and governing bodies.

All Lewisham Council-maintained schools will continue to benefit from:

  • phone or email access with safeguarding related enquiries (institutional and not case work)
  • weekly email safeguarding updates in the Schools Mailing
  • access to termly Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) safeguarding briefings
  • online safeguarding audit completed by school
  • one hour visit including an initial review of the Single Central Record (SCR). (We reserve the right to add an hourly (or part thereof) charge of £75 for any meetings that exceed their recommended time allocation).


For more information on the services available through this service, please click here.


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Annual Contracts and Other Packages

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Ad-Hoc Support

Please see all of the current ad-hoc support available below. If there is something that you want that you cannot see, please do get in contact.
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Up and coming safeguarding related training courses
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