Child Protection and Safeguarding

The health, safety and welfare of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our academy. 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 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.

The following link provides additional information about the work of the Local Safeguarding Children Board:

https://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/parentsandcarers.aspx

The Academy’s Safeguarding Policy is available to download in the POLICIES section of this website.

The Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs. D. Warren.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs. A. Hickling, Mr. S. Mycroft and Miss V. Read (EYFS)

If you have any concerns about a child please come and speak to one of them in confidence.

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