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