At The Aspire Academy we regard the safeguarding of the children in our care as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn and we all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report all safeguarding concerns to one of the following people: Beverley Blower (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs. Claire North (Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mr Richard Rainbird-Hitchins (Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mr Anthony Rooney (Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mr. Simon Stevenson (Headteacher), Mrs Carol Hart (Safeguarding Governor).
Guidance, Policies and Procedures
All staff are aware of relevant Government guidance connected to Child Protection and Safeguarding including: Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2016), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015, latest amendment Feb 2017 minor amendment to the guidance to add the definition of child sexual exploitation) and Child Sexual Exploitation: definition and guidance for practitioners (Feb 2017). The Aspire Academy’s Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy September 2017 is reviewed on an ongoing basis and is presented to Governors for ratification.
Children’s Commissioner website
Young Person’s Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children
Members of Staff Responsible for Safeguarding
All staff employed by The Aspire Academy are responsible for Safeguarding our students and for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding is the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs. Beverley Blower.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ procedures are in line with current policy. Staff are rechecked every two years using the Disclosure and Barring Service, therefore ensuring that all records are kept accurate and up to date. The Aspire Academy Free School Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and young people in their care and will look to an enhanced DBS and references from previous appropriate employers prior to any employment being taken up.
All staff at The Aspire Academy are trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding issues and are aware of the procedures to follow. Regular training takes place throughout the school year including training on:
- Whole School Training, policies and procedures connected to Child Protection and Safeguarding Children
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- Prevent Duty
- Domestic Violence
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Children Affected by Imprisonment
A full list of staff training connected to Child Protection and Safeguarding is kept by The Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The NSPCC are the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood and they are the only UK children’s charity with statutory powers and that means they can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse.
Swanswell are a national alcohol and drug charity that helps people change and be happy. They believe in a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.
TALK TO FRANK is a confidential helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drug
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They have been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice for over 40 years. They empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of our work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.
Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our services, campaigning and research expertise. They believe they can bring out the very best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.
Safeguarding Advice for Visitors