All adults who come into contact with our students in their work have a statutory duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare. The academy provides guidance which applies to all adults, including volunteers working in or on behalf of the academy.
Safeguarding children goes much wider than simply protecting them from neglect and abuse. It is also about keeping them safe from accidents, crime, bullying and actively promoting their welfare in a healthy and safe environment.
The academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead [DSL] is: Clare Borrill
The Safeguarding Team is made up of
- Clare Borrill (Principal)
- Rose Ferguson (Student Wellbeing Manager)
- Lisa Rixon (Behaviour Programmes Coordinator)
- Robert Winter (Year 11 Lead)
- Linda Buchan (Behaviour Consultant)
- Joy Sivaj (Safer Schools Officer)
- Nicola Webb (Renaissance Admin Support)
- Amelia Aiken (Assistant Vice Principal)
The role of the DSL
- Refer cases of suspected abuse or allegations to the relevant investigating agencies
- Act as a source of support, advice and expertise when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.
- Liaise with the Principal to inform her of any issues and on-going investigations.
Training - students and staff
- Ensure the curriculum covers various aspects of student safety at regular points throughout the year.
- Annual review of anti-bullying policy with student and parent contribution.
- Monitor report and take action on aspects of student safety.
- Ensure that all students have at least adult (tutor in the first instance) to whom they can communicate any concerns.
- Ensure each member of staff/volunteer has access to and understands the school’s child protection policy.
- Ensure all staff receive induction training covering child protection and are able to recognise and report any concerns immediately as they arise.
- Be able to keep detailed accurate secure written records of referrals and/or concerns.
- Have a working knowledge of how Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) operate and conduct child protection case conferences and contribute effectively when required to do so.
- Work with the Governing Body and the Child Protection Governor to ensure the academy’s safeguarding policy is updated and reviewed annually.
- Ensure parents see the Safeguarding policy.
- Where children leave the academy, ensure their child protection file is copied and sent to the new establishment as soon as possible.
Staff must be fully aware of all policies related to safeguarding including:
- Safeguarding Policy with includes Child Protection Policy
- Staff Behaviour Policy (Code of Conduct)
- The Role of the Designated Officer
The Petchey Academy does not tolerate bullying.
We work very hard to prevent bullying and to deal with it sensitively and quickly when it does happen. We encourage all students to challenge bullying by reporting any incidents to a member of staff.
The academy aims to prevent bullying by:
- Making sure all students and adults mean the same thing when we talk about bullying.
- Helping students to understand how bullying feels for the person being bullied.
- Making sure all students know exactly what to do if they are being bullied and to feel confident that something will be done to stop it.
- Helping students enjoy, celebrate and respect the ways in which we are different, and to feel good about themselves.
- Providing strategies to help students feel safe online.
All pastoral leaders have had extensive training in supporting students to manage relationships, and if we find that bullying is happening we will sanction appropriately and work with both parties to resolve the situation. Anti-Bullying work is a part of our personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum and we cover bullying in our daily seminar sessions.
The academy also does a lot of anti-bullying work during National Anti-Bullying Week (at the end of November) and in our annual Stamp Out Prejudice (STOP) week.
We have a dedicated e-mail address for students and parents to report bullying concerns. This is monitored by members of our pastoral team and senior leaders within the academy. It offers a safe way for students or their families to alert us to problems discretely: email@example.com