SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION
The Academy Trust’s safeguarding arrangements are inspected by Ofsted under the judgements for personal development, behaviour and welfare, and effectiveness of leadership and management. At our last inspection, September 2017, this area was judged ‘Outstanding’.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
the Trust’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance
safer children make more successful learners
our safeguarding policy reflects the Trust’s belief that it is a community of learning, where secure partnerships create opportunities for students, staff, parents and carers alike to grow to become intellectually, emotionally and socially Fit for Life
The welfare of the child is paramount
All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm
Pupils and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs E. Neale
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Mrs M. O’Reilly
The Safeguarding Governor Link is Mrs Maria Hall
Both Mrs Neale and Mrs O'Reilly are members of the Senior Leadership group and have undertaken the relevant training, which will be followed by regular updates.
Please read and familiarise yourself with our Safeguarding Policy below:
This policy is available on the school website and is accessible to all staff, volunteers and visitors electronically. A hard copy can be obtained on request.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The document below contains very recent information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe. It has read alongside statutory guidance 'Working together to safeguard children', and departmental advice 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners', to help draw up our school policy on safeguarding:
Below you will find the fourth report of its kind from the NSPCC. It provides an overview of the child protection landscape and compiles the most robust and up-to-date child protection data in the UK:
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats. E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).
The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Three key themes
The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:
Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities
The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.
Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism.
How you can help?
It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:
You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.
You can find out more by downloading our leaflet below or following the link to the DfE site:
Follow the link to Gateshead Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The purpose of this page is to help you in your practice.
Gateshed LSCB now produce a regular newsletter, 'Safeguarding News', to keep professionals in Gateshead up to date of news and developments linked to safeguarding children and the work of the LSCB.
LSCB Business Unit, 1st Floor, Civic Centre
Phone: 0191 433 8010
At the July 2015 meeting of the LSCB the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) presented a report on managing allegations against adults who work with children. For more information on managing allegations against those working with children and LADO process, please contact Nicolas Leon, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Government has revised the statutory guidance "Working Together to Safeguard Children". This became operational in March 2015 . You can view the guidance on the gov.uk website. There is also summary version for young people.
Below are a number of links to websites relating to safeguarding and child protection, and links to useful documents in relation to safeguarding and child protection including the most recent statutory guidance. Click on the links (blue text) to access the documents and external websites.
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (2015) - Updated guidance/advice from the Department for Education for all practitioners to identify signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what steps to take.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
Safeguarding Disabled Children (2009) (pdf) - Practice guidance issued by the Government to provide information and a framework within which agencies, LSCBs and professionals can draw up ways of working to safeguard disabled children. Further information about resources available in Gateshead can be found by visiting the Gateshead Council Disabled Children's Team webpage or the Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities webpage.
Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked (2007) (pdf) - Joint guidance issued by the DCSF and Home Office to improve the identification and safeguarding of child victims of trafficking.
Safeguarding Children from Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession (2007) (pdf)- good practice guidance for agencies issued by the Government in 2007.
The Department for Education Website - (previously the Department for Children, Schools and Families). Think is for the section on the site specific to safeguarding, but users can navigate to other areas.
The Home Office Website - The Home Office is the lead Government department for crime, police and other related issues (e.g. immigration, drugs policy and counter terrorism).
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Website - CEOP delivers a police-led multi-agency service dedicated to the prevention of child exploitation. They have an holistic approach and work nationally and internationally with professionals, children and their families.