Hall Road Academy is committed to keeping children safe by;
● Providing a safe environment for children to learn
● Identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm and take appropriate action with the aim to keep them safe
All staff are uniquely placed to have a positive role in child protection. 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.
Mrs K Brown is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and as such will take the lead for dealing with child protection issues, provide advice and support to other staff, liaise with the local authority and other agencies and provide support for individual children.
Ms Bainbridge is the deputy DSL and will work alongside the DSL.
Should you have any concerns about an issue of child safety, please contact the school on (01482) 441151.
Everyone who works with our children should be aware that their role is to listen and note carefully any observations that may indicate abuse, including disclosures.
● They should not attempt to investigate once a concern has been raised
● They should inform the DSL/ Deputy DSL immediately
IN THE CASE OF AN ALLEGATION RELATING TO A STAFF MEMBER THE HEAD TEACHER IS GENERALLY THE KEY CONTACT, RATHER THAN A DSL. IF A CHILD PROTECTION CONCERN IS RAISED ABOUT A HEADTEACHER THEN PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS.
EHASH 01482 448879 or the out of hours team on 300304
Emergency 999 / Non emergency 101
Trust Response to Everyone's Invited-April 2021
Our commitment: Trust statement from the CEO
"Like everyone, we've been appalled by the stories that are emerging across the country. It is completely unacceptable that girls are being treated in this way and we have a collective responsibility as education leaders to take a stand. We pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive family of schools, and whilst we have strong systems and controls in place as part of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion focusing on gender, racism, sexuality and disability, we want to make sure we are leaving no stone unturned in eradicating these insidious behaviours.
"In addition to our existing practices, we are taking steps to ensure that each of our schools has the means to capture testimony from students - either anonymously or in person through safe spaces - so that there is every opportunity to uncover any issues, past or present. We all need to go further and shine a light on these issues so that they are brought out in the open and dealt with swiftly, including involving the police. To do otherwise, makes us part of the problem.
School Response to Everyone's Invited-April 2021
You may have seen in the news recently the Everyone’s Invited Campaign.
This website allows pupils to share testimonials of abuse and assault.It is completely unacceptable that pupils are being treated in this way and we have a collective responsibility as a school and trust to take a stand. As a trust we pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive family of schools and we want to make sure we are leaving no stone unturned in stopping these incidents from happening in the first place and use our skills as educators to raise awareness.
In our school, it is very important that we care for and look after each other. We want everyone at our remarkable school to feel safe and happy and to be a good friend to all.
We will be talking about being a good friend a lot over the next few weeks. We will talk about it in class and in assemblies too. We care about each and every one of our pupils and we want them to have the very best time at school without having to worry about anybody being unkind to them.
If you have any concerns at all, we urge you to share them with us so that we can take the right action.
You will be aware the Internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. However just like the real world there are risks and dangers that children should be aware of and protected from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our children’s development but we always want them be safe.