Child Protection & Safeguarding
Our commitment: Trust statement from the CEO - April 2021
Safeguarding and Child Protection at Lea Forest
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 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.
At Lea Forest the Designated Member of Staff for Child Protection is Ms J Wale (Attendance Leader) and her Deputies are Mr C Clarke (Head Teacher), Mr S Taylor (Deputy Head Teacher), Mrs C Gonzales (Assistant Head - EYFS), Mr White (Assistant Head), Miss C Francois (Assistant Head), Miss Evans (Assistant Head) , Mrs Emma Tarrant (Learning Mentor), Miss R Ward (SENDco) and Mr I Wills (Senior Learning Mentor).
Should you have any concerns about an issue of child safety please make an appointment to discuss the matter with either member of staff on 0121 675 3985.
The nominated Governance Board Member for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Tim Bassett.
everyone who works with our children should be aware that their role is to listen and note carefully any observations that may indicate abuse.
- They should not attempt to investigate once a concern is raised.
- They should inform a member of the DSL team immediately.
- If a DSL is not present then the information must be passed on to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
- Disclosures may be made at any time to any member of staff.
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
MICHO MOYO (PRINCIPAL OFFICER FOR SAFEGUARDING – SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION SERVICES) ON 0121 675 1669 email@example.com
-Updated September 2021