Child Protection & Safeguarding

The health, safety and welfare of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection – regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our academy.

The academy is required to have rigorous policies and procedures in place to safeguard children. The academy has several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and named persons to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns.

The law places a duty on the headteacher and staff to report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools and academies nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This means that staff may risk upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers accept that the actions of staff are guided by what are believed to be the best interests of the child.

In line with government requirements the academy maintains a central list of checks on appointed staff, governors and adults who work in or visit the academy. Any volunteer or parent working in the academy are subject to full background checks. The academy has an agreed Child Protection Policy – this can be downloaded from the Policy section of the website under Our Academy tab.

 

Internet safety

In our ever changing world it is inevitable that our children will come into contact with, and use, technology.   Shibden Head

All parents and pupils are required to sign a declaration about the safe use of IT. If you have any concerns or want advice about e-safety at home we are more than willing to help.