Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

Don Valley Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers".

The Child Protection Designated Safeguarding Officer is a member of the Core Leadership Team of the academy and is supported by a team of other teachers and members of the support staff. The DSO has developed effective and supportive liaison with other safeguarding agencies. The Designated Safeguarding Officers for Don Valley are Mr Oldfield (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Hood (Senior Student Support Officer/Child Protection).

All staff are up to date with recognised training in safeguarding and child protection.

A central record is kept of all adults who work in the academy with details of DBS (disclosure & barring service)/list 99 checks in place.

Any visitors to the school are required to report to the visitors office to be registered and issued with a visitors badge which displays the fire evacuation procedures. Any persons not wearing a staff, sixth form, governor or visitors badge will be challenged by staff.

The academy's Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy has been updated and approved by the Education Advisory Board in June 2015. Our policy applies to all members of staff, advisory board members and volunteers working within school and is fully incorporated into the whole school ethos. The academy's anti-bullying policy has been approved by the EAB in June 2015.

Senior members of staff involved in the recruitment of teaching and support staff have received training in safer recruitment and have put in place appropriate procedures to ensure that appropriate checks have been made before appointments are taken up.

For the best interests of all our students we use the following safeguarding measures: 

Cause for Concern-cpoms

Staff are asked to report any causes for concern on the cpoms systems immediately. An alert will automatically go to the DSOs. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at Don Valley Academy please do not hesitate to contact the Child Protection Designated Officer who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

All students understand the importance of safeguarding issues and have been introduced to the members of the safeguarding team in assemblies. They are also aware of how to report safeguarding or welfare concerns about themselves or others.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Team. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. Absence during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances agreed by the Principal.

E-Safety

We support our students’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our students with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond.  All students are aware of the importance of e-safety and have received guidance from trained staff and in assemblies.

Facebook

Please click belowto view or download a Facebook checklist leaflet  which offers guidance on safe use of Facebook and help with privacy settings

Useful Links

Students and parents may also find it useful to look at these sources of information related to E Safety

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.ceop.gov.uk

http://parents.vodafone.com/

 

Delta Academies Trust (Delta) is fully committed to promoting children’s rights, notably their right to be protected from harm, abuse and exploitation and to be involved in any decisions that directly affect them.

Delta has a duty of care to implement effective policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. In order to achieve this we will ensure our employees and volunteers are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised. Furthermore we will actively endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to the care and protection of children and young people.

Delta will:

 Ensure that all employees understand their legal and moral obligations to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation

 Develop best practice in relation to the recruitment of all employees and volunteers through safer recruitment training

 Provide opportunities for all newly appointed employees and volunteers through the provision of induction training, which gives an overview of the organisation’s purpose, values, structure and services

 Ensure that all employees and volunteers understand their responsibility to work to the standards and procedures detailed in the organisation’s Code of Conduct and the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures

 Ensure that all employees and volunteers understand their obligations to report care or protection concerns about a child/young person, or an employee’s / volunteer’s conduct towards a child/young person, to the organisation’s designated person for child protection

 Ensure that all procedures relating to the conduct of employees and volunteers are implemented in a consistent and equitable manner

 Ensure that the designated child protection officer understands their responsibility to refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. police and/or Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and/or social worker)

 Ensure that the organisation meets all its responsibilities in adhering to the requirements of the Children Act 2004 and Childcare Act 2006 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

 Provide opportunities for all employees and volunteers to develop their skills and knowledge particularly in relation to the care and protection of children and young people

 Ensure that children and young people are enabled to express their ideas and views on a wide range of issues and will have access to the organisation’s complaints procedures

 Endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to the care and protection of children and young people

Failure to comply with the principles outlined within this statement and the associated policies and procedures will be addressed without delay in accordance with the Delta Disciplinary Policy.

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