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 academy.
The Academy is required to have rigorous policies and procedures in place to safeguard children. The Academy has a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputy DSL who have undertaken specialist training (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns).
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 was 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 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures document which explains the academies duties and gives further information on this subject.
In our ever-changing world, it is inevitable that our children will come into contact with, and use, technology. All parents and pupils are required to sign a declaration about the safe use of IT. If you have any concerns or want advice about e-safety at home we are more than willing to help.
Child Protection Policy