The Academy shares, with everyone in Education, an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
- Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn
- Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer harm and taking appropriate action with the aim of making them safe
The Academy recognises that staff are uniquely placed to have a positive role in child protection. As responsible adults outside pupils’ homes, they are in a position to observe children on a daily basis and therefore to spot physical or emotional signs that might indicate they are being abused. Close interaction can also make staff vulnerable to allegations being made against them.
Such allegations may be unfounded and be either deliberate or innocent of such intent. Regrettably, on occasions, staff do commit acts of abuse or ill-treatment. However, whatever the basis of an allegation, once made there can follow a period of great difficulty and stress for the young person concerned, the staff member and for those ‘managing’ the situation, including Principals, senior staff and governors.
While such difficulties cannot always be avoided, the Academy is committed to mitigating the effects on all children, young people and adults concerned. To achieve this objective the Academy has systems to:
- Prevent unsuitable people working with children and young people, through safe recruitment practices;
- Promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice, through its ethos, policies, practice and training;
- Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern and take appropriate action, using appropriate policies, procedures and systems;
- Contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved in providing services for children and young people.
A senior member of staff (a member of the leadership team) is nominated to have specific responsibility within the Academy for child protection matters, specifically:
- Taking lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues
- Providing advice and support to other staff
- Liaising with the local authority and working with other agencies
- Providing support for individual children
It may be appropriate for another senior employee to be named as deputy designated person. The Designated person need not be a teacher but must have sufficient knowledge and skills, and status and authority within the Academy, to carry out the role.
Should you have a concern please contact the academy office and ask to speak with the Designated Child Protection Officer.
At Anglesey Primary Academy we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach pupils British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015’ and the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.