Severn View Academy fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the academy have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to relevant contact within the local council’s Children’s Social Care provision (referrals will normally be made via the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection).
This policy sets out how the academy’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the academy. Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the academy including governors. Teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, secretaries as well as teachers can often be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents/carers may also contact the academy and its governors.
The academy will follow the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.
There are four main elements to our policy:
PREVENTION through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils and the creation and maintenance of a whole academy protective ethos
PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse. The definitions of the four categories of abuse are attached (see Appendix A).
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN those who may have been abused or witnessed violence towards others.
PREVENTING UNSUITABLE PEOPLE FROM WORKING WITH CHILDREN
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