Child Protection & Safeguarding

Our commitment: Trust statement from the CEO - April 2021


"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

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.

Designated Person:

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 micho.h.moyo@birmingham.gov.uk

Downloads:

LFP Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy - Sep 2021
Lea Forest Primary Academy Addendum to Academy CP and safeguarding policy 2021
FDPA _LFPA - Addendum to Academy CP and safeguarding policy (2).pdf
KCSIE_2021_September.pdf
prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf
RIGHT HELP, RIGHT TIME.pdf
September 2020-2021 Safe Guarding Reporting guidance - Lea Forest.pdf
SAFEGUARDING POSTER - OCTOBER 2017.pdf
Anti-racism support for schools-Birmingham.docx.pdf

-Updated September 2021