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Safeguarding

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An opportunity in a relaxed environment to seek support from Early Help advice & guidance on parenting, behaviour strategies, financial issues, etc. Children are welcome for craft session.

Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities

We believe that our Academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.

  • We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our Academy that will help children feel safe and respected.
  • We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly about anything that worries them and to feel confident that they will be listened to.
  • We will work with parents to build an understanding of the Academy’s responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.

All staff, volunteers and governors have responsibility for the following:

  • take appropriate action, working with other services as needed.
  • keep themselves updated with the systems within the academy which support safeguarding and that were explained to them as part of their induction (including the staff Code of Conduct). This includes knowing the role, and working with, the academy’s designated safeguarding lead.
  • ensure they receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated.

In addition to working with the designated safeguarding lead staff members should be aware that they may be asked to support social workers to take decisions about individual children.
 

All Academy Staff Are Responsible For:

  • Knowing who the academy’s designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is
  • Raising any concerns with the designated safeguarding lead. If at any point there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child, a referral should be made to children’s social care immediately. Anyone can make this referral.
  • Ensuring that their child protection training is up to date.
  • Being alert to the signs of abuse and their need to refer any concerns to the designated staff member.
  • Maintaining an attitude of ‘it could happen here’. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child.
  • Knowing the academy’s procedures for dealing with children who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions, and reporting any such concerns to the designated lead.
  • Listening to, and seeking out, the views, wishes and feelings of children and young people.
  • Sharing information and working together to provide children and young people with the help they need.
  • Referring to the Principal any concerns about another member of staff, or if the concerns are about the Principal, referring them to the Chair of Governors.
  • Raising concerns about poor or unsafe practice and potential failures in the academy’s safeguarding regime through the academy’s Whistle Blowing Policy.
  • Being aware of Norfolk County Council’s Safeguarding Procedures, (NCC safeguarding procedure) and ensuring these procedures are followed.
  • Seeking early help where a child and family would benefit from coordinated support from more than one agency via Norfolk County Council’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
  • Managing referrals from academy staff or any others from outside the academy.
  • Working with external agencies and professionals on matters of safety and safeguarding.
  • Undertaking relevant training and attending update sessions.
  • Raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection amongst the staff and parents, ensuring that child protection information is transferred to the pupil’s new school/academy.
  • Ensuring that the academy have a nominated governor to liaise with the designated lead for Norfolk and any partner agencies in the event of allegations of abuse made against the Principal.
  • Notifying the Children’s Social Care department if there is are concerns over unexplained absences of a pupil.
  • Informing the local authority when a private fostering arrangement is in place.
  • Managing security within the academy and reviewing it annually.
  • Ensuring that important policies, such as those for behaviour and bullying, are kept up to date.
  • Keeping up to date all child protection records.
  • Having an overview of the numbers of safeguarding and child protection referrals made from the Principal and reporting (anonymously) to the Governing Body termly and annually about the academy safeguarding activity over the previous term/year.
  • Having in place effective ways to identify emerging problems and potential unmet needs for individual children and families.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum makes best use of Citizenship and PSHE opportunities to cover safeguarding issues with children.
  • Ensuring at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training.
  • Ensuring the adherence to statutory responsibilities to check staff working with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for checks beyond what is required and ensuring volunteers are appropriately supervised.
  • Ensuring procedures are in place to handle allegations against members of staff and volunteers.
  • Ensuring there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
  • Ensuring that there is support available for staff involved in difficult child protection cases/incidents both at the academy and externally through counselling and/or other services.
  • Creating a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, both in individual decisions and in the academy’s development.
  • Ensuring through the CPRE curriculum that students know the process of raising a concern (about themselves or a friend/other), that they know the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (and deputy), and are aware of other support mechanisms such as ChildLine etc.
  • Appointing a designated safeguarding lead to promote the educational achievement of children who are Looked After and to ensure that this person has appropriate training.
  • Making relevant policies available to parents and carers, as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that staff are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and creating an environment where staff feel able to raise concerns and feel supported in their safeguarding role.
  • Ensuring all staff have regular reviews of their own practice to ensure they improve over time.
  • Ensuring all records are kept up to date and secure and kept separately from the main student files in a locked location.

 

Governors And Academy Leadership Are Responsible For:

  • Ensuring that there is an effective Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy in place together with a Staff Code of Conduct, which are provided to all staff, and ensuring all staff are given a mandatory induction, which includes familiarisation with child protection responsibilities and procedures to be followed if anyone has any concerns about a child’s safety or welfare;
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures adopted by the Governing Body, particularly concerning referrals of cases of suspected abuse and neglect, are followed by all staff.
  • Ensuring that the academy have a designated lead for child protection, and that they have access to appropriate training, which is updated every two years

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead Is Responsible For:

  • Managing referrals from academy staff or any others from outside the academy;
  • Working with external agencies and professionals on matters of safety and safeguarding;
  • Undertaking relevant training and attending update sessions;
  • Raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection amongst the staff and parents; and ensuring that child protection information is transferred to the pupil’s new school/academy;
  • Ensuring that the academy have a nominated governor to liaise with the designated lead for (insert locality) and any partner agencies in the event of allegations of abuse made against the principal
  • Ensuring all staff receive the appropriate training, and keep it up to date, in line with advice from (insert details of LA LSCB)
  • Notifying the Children’s Social Care department if there is are concerns over unexplained absences of a pupil;
  • Informing the local authority when a private fostering arrangement is in place
  • Managing security within the academy and reviewing it annually;
  • Ensuring that important policies, such as those for behaviour and bullying, are kept up to date;
  • Keeping up to date all child records;
  • Have an overview of the numbers of safeguarding and child protection referrals made from the principal, who reports (anonymously), to the Governing body termly and annually about the academy safeguarding activity over the previous term/year.
  • Having in place effective ways to identify emerging problems and potential unmet needs for individual children and families;
  • Ensuring that the curriculum makes best use of Citizenship and PSHE opportunities to cover safeguarding issues with children;
  • Ensuring at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training.
  • Ensuring the adherence to statutory responsibilities to check staff working with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for checks beyond what is required; and ensuring volunteers are appropriately supervised.
  • Ensuring procedures are in place to handle allegations against members of staff and volunteers.
  • Ensuring there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
  • Ensuring that there is support available for staff involved in difficult child protection cases/incidents both at the academy and externally through counselling and/or other services.
  • Creating a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, both in individual decisions and in the academy’s development;
  • Ensuring through the CPRE curriculum that students know the process of raising a concern (about themselves or a friend/other), that they know the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (and deputy), and are aware of other support mechanisms such as ChildLine etc.
  • Appointing a designated safeguarding lead to promote the educational achievement of children who are Looked After and to ensure that this person has appropriate training.
  • Making this policy available to parents and carers as appropriate;
  • Ensuring that our staff are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and creating an environment where staff feel able to raise concerns and feel supported in their safeguarding role;
  • Ensuring all staff have regular reviews of their own practice to ensure they improve over time;
  • Ensuring all records are kept up to date and secure and kept separately from the main student file in a locked location.

Further Information:

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Cameron

Mrs Cameron
Vice Principal, SLT Safeguarding Lead

Miss Poulter

Ms Poulter
Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Jackson

Ms Jackson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Chambers

Mrs Chambers
Assistant Principal – Discover, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Wendy Madelin

Ms Madelin
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Bullen

Miss Bullen
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Looked after Children is:
Zoe Cameron

The SLT member responsible for child protection and safeguarding is:
Zoe Cameron

The Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is:
Dr Paul Hann, OBE

Useful Resources:

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