At Greensward Academy, we want to make sure everyone feels safe, has the skills to look after themselves and has the best opportunities possible. In school all of this comes under the heading ‘Safeguarding’.
If students have a problem or concern they can speak to:
- Their form tutor
- Their Head of Year
- A senior teacher
- Any member of staff
They will only tell who they need to and will always discuss this with the student first.
Students are supported by form tutor who sees them at morning registration. They also teach their form group PSHEE one hour each week.
Keeping Children Safe
Making sure that our students are safe is one of our key objectives as a school. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this information please don’t hesitate to contact us. The Department for Education's document Keeping Children Safe in Education can be viewed here.
The following information is based on advice issued by the government in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2016) (link above). All our staff have read this document and have been trained according to this and our Safeguarding Policy.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
Our safeguarding and child protection policy can be viewed here.
All staff are trained to identify children who may benefit from early help. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges. Should we feel Early Help is needed we will complete a referral to the Local Authority and if they feel support is needed they will allocate the case to the most suitable organisation. Often this will be Family Operations, based in Essex. Their workers have a broad range of skills (social work, youth work, family intervention and group work) to address a variety of needs. All staff members are aware of systems within the academy which support safeguarding.