Safeguarding

Meet our team

  • Lead Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection - Kelly Moore (Principal)
  • Deputy Lead Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection - Naomi James (Vice Principal and SENCo)
  • Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection - Holly Crofts (Governor)
  • Inclusion Leader and Designated Lead for Looked After Children - Naomi James (Vice Principal and SENCo)                    
  • E-Safety Officer - Kelly Moore (Principal)

If you have any safeguarding concerns please email our safeguarding team at [email protected].

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 Handbook 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 a 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.
  • Keeping Children Safe In Education
  • Working Together To Safeguard Children

Prevent

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent Strategy.

Visit the Let's Talk About It website for more information about Prevent. You can also download our Prevent Action Plan by clicking the link below.

Anti-bullying

Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our values-based curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British Values of tolerance and mutual respect.

In our recent Ofsted Parent View survey 97% of parents/carers agreed that their child feels safe at the academy and that ,when it occurs, bullying is dealt with effectively. Children are able to distinguish between ad hoc name calling and persistent bullying as a result of our teaching and approach to bullying.

Useful links

"There is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school. Leaders of the pastoral team know their pupils and families well. The positive relationships that they have developed with pupils’ families help to provide early support where it is required.

"A large majority of parents consider that their children are safe at school and well looked after. One typical comment received on Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, stated that: 'My son feels safe and happy at school, and these little things mean the world to me'."

Ofsted, December 2018