Safeguarding at Westbury Academy
In September 2018, the government published a revised copy of the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education,’ statutory guidance for schools and colleges. The document sets out legal duties with which schools must comply and also contains information on what schools should do in order to keep children safe.
At Westbury Academy, keeping children safe in school is very important to us, this is our primary objective as educators. We firmly believe that safe and happy children are more likely to enjoy coming to school and to be successful. We strive to keep children safe at all times in two ways:
1. By ensuring that we provide a clean, tidy and safe environment in which students can learn and study
2. By reacting appropriately when we have concerns for the safety of children and when we feel they are at risk/in danger
It is our duty to report any concerns, so if it is necessary we will not hesitate to contact Children’s Services and/or the Police. The staff at Westbury Academy are fully committed to the safeguarding and protection of our young people and we will do everything we can to ensure that they are kept safe from harm.
Raleigh Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The safety and well-being of our pupils is of paramount importance
- This academy aims to create and maintain a safe environment
- We will manage situations should child welfare concerns arise
- We aim to create an atmosphere of trust in which pupils feel confident to confide any concerns
- We will help young people to understand the difference between acceptable and non- acceptable behaviour
- We will teach pupils to stay safe from harm
What you can do if you think a child is at risk
If you believe that a child is at risk of immediate danger and in need of protection you should call the police as an emergency by dialling 999.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child in your area, you should contact:
Nottingham City children: Nottm City Children and Families Direct on 0115 8764800 or Nottinghamshire County children: Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 80 90
In the School term, between 0800 and 1530 hours, you may contact us on 0115 9155858 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team. Alternatively, please email the team using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are an adult and you are worried about a child’s safety or well-being, but you are not sure what to do, call the NSPCC free helpline on: 0808 800 5000
If you are a young person or child and need to talk to someone call Child line on 0800 1111.
Westbury Academy Taking Action
We will always strive to work with parents to ensure that our students are kept safe. Naturally, we recognise that parents are responsible for their children and that they play a vital role in keeping them safe. Where possible, we will invite parents in to have face-to-face conversation if we feel that the safety of their child is at risk. We may also communicate with them via telephone, email, text or by letter to ensure that we are communicating effectively.
There are occasions when it is in the child’s best interests NOT to inform parents when making a referral to Social Care or to the Police, if, for example, the parent is at that time under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if making the parents aware of the referral would place the child in even greater danger. We make no apologies for this and will use our professional judgement when making decisions about the best way forward to keep our students safe from harm.
Keeping records and sharing information
In line with legal requirements, confidential safeguarding files are kept in locked filing-cabinets in a secure location in school on each child of whom concerns have been raised. Electronic, password-protected files and logs are also kept to ensure that we have accurate records of events in the life of the students in our care, so that we can assist Social Services and the Police if need be.
We will actively share information with outside agencies to ensure that children are kept safe whilst maintaining the confidentiality of information in line with Data Protection expectations.
Safe recruitment and safeguarding training
When recruiting new staff, we believe at Westbury Academy that it is essential that those involved in the process have the knowledge and expertise required to keep our children safe in this important role. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out on new members of staff to ensure that our students are kept safe at all times.
Once appointed, all staff are expected to complete Safeguarding Training.
- Schools are expected to ensure that their staff complete Child Protection and Safeguarding Training at least every three years. All staff also receive regular updates from the Designated Safeguarding Lead through email and staff meetings/INSET to ensure that we are constantly abreast of safeguarding our students.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead and the deputies are expected to refresh their DSL training at least every two years, as well as receiving Safeguarding and Child Protection updates regularly. As a school, we fulfil this responsibility through attending Nottingham City Council DSL Forums and sharing this information internally. In line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018), Deputy DSLs are trained to the same standard as the DSL.
For further information please refer to our Westbury Academy Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be downloaded here or by contacting the school directly.