Safeguarding

 

THE CHILD’S WELFARE IS PARAMOUNT.

Ash Hill Academy is thoroughly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment. Parents and carers can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. Safer recruitment procedures are robust; senior leaders have completed relevant training and are experienced in the recruitment of staff and volunteers.

All children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies who work closely with the academy. The academy will endeavour to work in partnership with parents at all times to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child.  However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children's concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child's welfare. Designated staff will liaise with external agencies as appropriate and seek support to ensure that all decisions are made in the best interest of the child.

Any visitors to the academy are required to report to main reception to be registered and issued with a visitor's badge. Any person not wearing a staff, sixth form, governor or visitor's badge will be challenged by staff.

DONCASTER SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN PARTNERSHIP

Website: https://dscp.org.uk/

Email: dscp@dcstrust.co.uk

Tel: 01302 734214

Tel for MAAP (Urgent): 01302 737777

Mental Health Urgent concerns: 01302 796191

Doncaster Children’s Service Trust: https://www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/

Email: General.Enquiries@dcstrust.co.uk

FOR IMMEDIATE EMERGENCIES CALL 999

STAFF

All academy staff participate in regular safeguarding training throughout the academic year. Current safeguarding training is delivered within school by Miss Sims, Designated Safeguarding Lead. Face to face training ensures staff have updates in relation to legislation, including Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (2015). Training for staff also reflects current local context, ensuring the academy is fully prepared to respond to any disclosures or concerns effectively, in a timely manner. Staff complete a variety of EduCare modules which further enhance their understanding and knowledge in safeguarding children.

Reporting and recording procedures are robust and are used to support students when working collaboratively with external agencies. CPOMS is used to record welfare and safeguarding concerns, the procedure within the academy emphasises an immediate response through the use of the alerts system.

STUDENTS

All students understand the importance of safeguarding issues and have been introduced to the members of the safeguarding team in assemblies. Students are also aware of how to report safeguarding or welfare concerns about themselves or others.

Students have access to their learning manager every break and lunchtime, ensuring all students have opportunities to share any concerns they may have. In addition, students may disclose concerns and information to teaching staff, teaching staff are fully informed of the safeguarding procedures within the academy as outlined above.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that promotes the safety and welfare of themselves, but also that of others. Students are fully informed of the expectations of Delta Academies Trust Care, Support, Guidance and Behaviour Policy.

Students are taught how to keep themselves safe online. Further information can be sought through the CEOP Command and ThinkUKnow website:

https://www.ceop.police.uk/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

PARENTS

The academy encourages parents and children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect welfare or the educational progress of our students. It is important to us that parents and students see the academy as a safe place and trust our safeguarding team to fulfill their role in protecting students, within and beyond the academy.

Parents also play an active role in ensuring their child/ren are safe, particularly when accessing online forums and platforms. Parents are recommended to regularly review their child’s security settings, checking their online accounts. Advice regarding online platforms can be accessed on the National Online Safety Website:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

If you have any concerns relating to any student in our academy please contact one of the following designated staff:

 

Miss L Sims

Associate Vice Principal

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs K Falkingham

Year 10 Learning Manager

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss A White

Education Welfare Officer

Mrs R Swainston

PLC Manager

Mrs M Wilkinson

Year 7 Learning Manager

Mrs S Fotheringham

Year 8 Learning Manager

Mrs L Smethurst

Year 9 Learning Manager

Mrs C Perkins

Learning Manager

Mr D Johnston

Year 11 Learning Manager

Mr P Goodwin

Inclusion Coordinator

 

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