Safeguarding children and young people is central to everything we do at Hateley Heath Academy
This section of the school’s website gives an overview of the policies, partnerships, programmes and mechanisms that are in place to safeguard the children and young people who attend Hateley Heath Academy. Please view our safeguarding and child protection policy via the Policies page of the website.
The full suite of current and ratified Safeguarding policies is available to interested parties on request. However, the key policies are freely available to all, and are clearly signposted, as appropriate, on this website.
At Hateley Heath, we fully recognise our responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. It is difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. That is why we do everything within our power to:
· protect children from maltreatment;
· prevent impairment of children’s health or development;
· ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
· take action to enable all children and young people to secure the best outcomes.
The action we take at our school to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play and we recognise, and take our part very seriously in, this. We ensure that we operate a child-centred safeguarding system. We recognise that children want to: be respected; have their views heard; to have stable relationships with their teachers, built on trust; and to have consistent support for their individual needs.
Our school recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended academy activities. All members of the academy community (including volunteers, Parent and Community Advisory forum (PCAF) members and School Advocates) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff will be updated annually. The Academy will ensure that it provides written referrals on the correct form (MARF) and recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of one of our children.
In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’, at least one person involved in interview panels (including the Headteacher and key members of SLT) have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff, including volunteers, have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing work. Details of all checks are held in a single central record. Staff will be inducted into the Academy and training will be given with regard to child protection.
Designated member of staff
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Rachael James, Deputy DSLs are Louise Howells, Kath Rathbone and Jo Humphries.
Our designated members of staff are fully trained and receive updated training every 2 years.
The DSL ensures all confidential records are kept securely. It is the responsibility of the DSL to have discussions with Social Care when concerns arise regarding the safety of a pupil in this school. All such pupils are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are always passed on to the appropriate agencies. The DSL ensures that all staff are trained with regard to safeguarding and child protection.
Safeguarding School Advocate
Our Academy has a Safeguarding School Advocate (Adam Pritchard, Director for Manor Multi Academy Trust), who will act as the link person between the Directors and the DSL. The Safeguarding School Advocate will review safeguarding procedures/practices including access to Manor MAT’s termly Safeguarding Network meetings/minutes. The Directors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties including accessing training. Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the Safeguarding School Advocate will liaise with the Support and Challenge School Advocate (Mike Wilkes – Director for Manor MAT).
Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
We recognise that statistically children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. All staff who support these pupils will be extra aware of the need for vigilance for signs of abuse. More information can be found on the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership website.