Safeguarding

Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement

Our first priority in this academy is to ensure that all children are safe. Safeguarding can be defined as ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring that they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’.

Our students can report any safeguarding concerns electronically at any time, whether during or outside of the school day, via the contact us page on our website.

 

 

Lead Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection  Jean Watt (Principal)
Deputy Lead Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection  Naomi James (SENCo)
Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection  Sharon Brown (Governor)
Inclusion Leader  Naomi James (SENCo)
Designated Lead for Looked After Children  Naomi James (SENCo)
E-Safety Officer  Jean Watt (Principal)

 

Our core safeguarding principles are:

  • safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; all staff, governors and volunteers should play their full part in keeping children safe; and
  • a child-centred approach; a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

Child protection statement

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

The procedures contained in the academy’s Safeguarding policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB).

We will follow the procedures set out by the Area Child Protection Committee or Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DfE by:

  • Ensuring that we have a designated senior member of staff with responsibility for Child Protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
  • Ensuring that we have a nominated governor responsible for Child Protection.
  • Ensuring that every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for Child Protection and their role.
  • Ensuring all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated Child Protection Co-ordinator/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Ensuring parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for Child Protection by setting out its obligations in the Parent Hnadbook issued to all parents.
  • Notifying Children and Family Services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is on the Child Protection Plan.
  • Developing effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding Child Protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
  • Keeping written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
  • Ensuring all records are kept secure and separate from the main pupil file.
  • Following procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
  • Ensuring safe recruitment practices are always followed and that adults working with children have an up to date DBS check.

 

Resources

How can you safeguard children from sexting?

Working together to safeguard children

NSPCC Pants

Cambs Police – Sexting

Childline

OMA Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy – February 2017