Child protection and safeguarding
Child Protection & Safeguarding
The health, safety and welfare of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
The Academy is required to have rigorous policies and procedures in place to safeguard children. The Academy has several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns). If staff have any concerns about a child then we follow the procedures outlined in our policy which may include reporting concerns to social services. It may be helpful to know that the law places a duty on the Principal and their staff to report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools and academies nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the Academy staff risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers would accept that the staff acted in what were believed to the child’s best interests of the child.
In line with government requirements the Academy maintains a central list of checks on appointed staff and adults who work in or visit the Academy. Any volunteer or parent working in the Academy are subject to full background checks. The Academy has an agreed Child Protection Policy.
The school’s safeguarding and child protection policies are available to download in the policy section of this website or click the link below.
The aim of these policies is to :
- to provide a safe environment for children to learn in;
- to establish what actions the school can take to ensure that children remain safe, at home as well as at school;
- to raise the awareness of all staff to these issues, and to define their roles and responsibilities in reporting possible cases of abuse;
- to identify children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm;
- to ensure effective communication between all staff on child protection issues;
- to set down the correct procedures for those who encounter any issue of child protection.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Principal and we have two Deputy DSLs – the Pastoral Manager, Gail Swaine, and our Assistant Principal, Ursula Clay. If you have any concerns about a child please come and speak to one of them in confidence.
In our ever changing world it is inevitable that our children will come into contact and use technology.
Do you feel like your children are one step ahead of you when it comes to IT? There are lots of things you can do to help your child stay safe – if you want any advice about e-safety please contact school and we can talk to you about how to restrict access to sites and even how to download parental control software. Please also see the e-safety section of our website,