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 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.