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 Liz Neale
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Keith Vincent and Julie Vincent
The Safeguarding Governor Link is Mrs Maria Hall
Liz Neale, Keith Vincent and Julie Vincent 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 latest report 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).
Gateshead's Prevent strategy can be found at the following link: GATESHEAD PREVENT
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 link: Cedars Parent Prevent Information
Follow the link to Gateshead Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
Other Useful Links
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 (2020) - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.