How it works within the Academy
When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our Academy they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place.
Every new member of staff or volunteer will have an induction period including the training in essential safeguarding information.
All regular visitors and volunteers to our Academy are told where our policy can be assessed, they are provided with a set of safeguarding procedures. This policy is referred to in our Academy prospectus and parents are reminded about it through Academy communications.
When new students join our school, all parents and carers are informed that we have a Safeguarding policy. This is available to parents should they request a copy.
Where there are concerns for the welfare of a student within the Academy, these must be communicated immediately to the designated Child Protection Coordinator.
If the designated Child Protection Coordinator is unavailable concerns must be communicated to Tom McNaught-Roberts (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
The Academy is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all students. We achieve this through putting in place robust systems and procedures to manage any concerns reported. We respond immediately to any concerns raised and ensure that these are dealt with appropriately, sensitively and in a timely manner.
Students can report concerns by speaking to a member of staff, a member of the safeguarding team or by emailing either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and carers can also contact our safeguarding team on the numbers and email addresses provided above.
The NSPCC has a dedicated, confidential helpline available which can provide support and advice to current or past victims of sexual violence or harassment, as well as parents, carers or professionals who have concerns.
The dedicated NSPCC Helpline number is 0800 136 663
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s
The Children’s Act 1989, section 27 and 47, and the Children’s Act 2004 state that: it is the duty of the schools to act “…to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: ‘Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health and development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking this role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.’
Effective child protection is essential to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All agencies should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.