Safeguarding & Child Protection
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION - INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
We are committed to providing a happy and safe environment for our our children to learn.
The following information will help you to understand how we keep your children safe by telling you:
- How children can be harmed
- What we must do to keep your child safe from harm
- What you must do as a parent to help your child be safe and enjoy school
This is a very important subject in which all staff receive regular training. Our priority is to work with you but there may be times when we have to involve other people and agencies.
Everybody has a responsibility to safeguard children and to keep them from harm. Harm is identified in four ways:
- Physical - This is when a child is deliberately hurt or injured
- Sexual - This is when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical activity or non-physical i.e. being made to look at inappropriate images
- Emotional - This is when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved. It can be shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents, or visitors to the home, fighting or using violence
- Neglect - This is when a child is not being taken care of by their parents. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet, not keeping appointments, not coming to school or being left home alone
All staff at the academy are also alert to the signs of Extremism and Radicalisation which is where children can be put at risk of harm from the holding of extreme political or religious views.
USEFUL CONTACTS AT THE ACADEMY
If you would like to speak to a member of staff about a safeguarding concern then please contact one of our safeguarding leaders. These are:
|Miss Lyndsey Done - Assistant headteacher and designated safeguarding lead|
|Mr John Beaven - Headteacher and deputy designated safeguarding lead|
|Mr Craig Cosgrove - Assistant headteacher and deputy designated safeguarding lead|
Our Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Ms Tineke Brooks.
All safeguarding leaders can be contacted by phoning the academy 01522 872625 or emailing Lyndsey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT Does THE ACADEMY DO TO KEEP PUPILS SAFE?
Details of our child protection and safeguarding procedures are detailed in The Priory Federation of Academies Trust Child Protection and Safeguarding policy - please see the link below. In addition to this, the Academy also has other specific policies in place to ensure that safeguarding issues can be comprehensively addressed.
- Behaviour Management
- Health and Safety
- Online Safety - also see more detailed advice on keeping children safe online available on the right hand menu
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE AND HAPPY?
Parents are the most important people to keep their children safe.
Parents should always:
- Feel confident to raise concerns about your child
- Talk to the school if you need help or support
- Read the school policies about keeping children safe
- Let the school know if your child has a medical condition
- Let the school know if you have any issues, including court orders, relating to the safety of your child
- Let the school know if there is a change in your circumstances i.e. change of address, contact number, change of name, separation or divorce, loss of income etc
- Tell the school who will be dropping off or collecting your child and provide the school with at least two other emergency contacts
- Let the school know if your child is going to be absent from school and the reasons why