Our first priority in this academy is to ensure that all children are safe. Safeguarding can be defined as ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring that they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Jane Nolan (Executive Principal)|
|Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead||Jackie Allington (Family Link Worker)|
|Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection||Tony O’Malley (Chair of Governors)
|Inclusion Leader||Lyn Mortlock (Inclusion Manager)|
|Designated Lead for Looked After Children||Kate Robinson (Head of School)|
|E-Safety Officer||Jon Preston (Year 5 Teacher)|
We help to keep pupils safe by:
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, which can be found on the ‘Policies’ section of this website, 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:
If your child is being bullied
We define bullying as behaviour that is deliberate, repeated more than once and is designed to be hurtful. Bullies tend to pick on children who they think are unable to defend themselves. Bullying is not only about hitting or fighting. It also includes name calling, threats, taking belongings, intimidating and making unkind or abusive remarks. Children may try to hide the fact they are being bullied because they are afraid or ashamed but you might notice some signs, for example your child might:
We have anti-bullying procedures that help us to identify and deal with any case of bullying in school, but bullying does not only take place in school, it can also happen in the home or in the community.
Bullying can be serious and cause a lot of distress. If your child tells you that they are being bullied in school, ask for their permission for you to tell us. They may not have told us themselves because they are afraid that the bully will find out and the bullying will get worse. Try to help them to understand that the bullying will not stop while it is kept secret. As soon as we know it is happening we will follow our anti-bullying procedures to try to stop it.
It is also distressing to suspect that your child might be bullying other children. Our anti-bullying procedures include trying to support children who bully to change their behaviour, so please talk to us if you think your child needs some help.
What we will do if we have a concern about your child
If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect we must follow the procedures in our child protection policy. You can look at the policy on the school website or come into school and see a copy.
The procedures have been written to protect all pupils. They comply with our statutory responsibilities and are designed to support pupils, families and staff. The procedures are based on the principle that the welfare of the child is the most important consideration.
In almost all circumstances, we will talk to you about our concerns and we will also tell you if we feel we must refer our concerns to children’s social care. We will ask your consent to make a referral, but in some circumstances we may need to make the referral against your wishes. We will only do this if we genuinely believe that this is the best way to protect your child, and the fact that you did not consent to the referral will be recorded.
If we think that talking to you first might in some way increase the risk to your child, we will report our concerns to children’s social care and take advice from them. We will normally tell you that a referral is being made and we will record the reasons why we decided to follow this course of action.
All child protection records are kept separate from your child’s general school file. Records are stored in a locked cabinet or drawer, and if stored on computer they are password-protected. The only staff who have access to the records are those who need to know about the concerns in order to protect and support your child.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can support our pupils and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of your child.
If a child has a concern or worry:
Child protection – national
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Child Law Advice Line: 08088 020 008
Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) 0844 660 8607 www.afruca.org
Bullying – national
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Kidscape: 08451 205 204 www.kidscape.org.uk
Mental health – national
Young Minds: 0808 802 5544
Mental Health Foundation: 020 7803 1100
Mind: 0845 766 0163 www.mind.org.uk
Parents’ support – national
ParentlinePlus: 0808 800 2222
Sexual harm and sexually harmful behaviour – national
Stop It Now! 0808 1000 900
The AIM Project (for children with sexual behaviour problems): www.aimproject.org.uk
Police: 0845 60 60 222 (non-emergency telephone number) 999 for emergencies.
Children and Family Duty Assessment: 326293 – option 5
Out of Hours Duty Team: 326293 – option 5
Neglect of children
The North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual has been updated.
It can be accessed at: http://www.proceduresonline.com/nelincs/lscb/
Visit the website below to the dedicated North East Lincolnshire ‘Local Safeguarding Children Board website.’
New January 2016
The Government have launched a new website aimed at parents, teachers and school leaders to give practical advice on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation. This was officially launched by the Education secretary Nicky Morgan.
The website can be found at: www.educateagainsthate.com There are some useful links and advice on here, aimed predominantly for those in education and to be forwarded on to schools/colleges where possible; there are also some helpful guides for parents & other resources too.
There is an updated version of Prevent information on the London Grid for Learning website, which includes the recent terminology change around ISIL (DAESH) as well as videos relating to Far Right ideology. These may be a useful resource for schools and parents to further understand the current threats and explain what schools and also parents/carers can do to reduce the risks and concerns, especially when explaining to parents/carers, governors etc the reason for these matters being discussed in school and why they’re a safeguarding issue.
The website can be found at: