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), 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 September 2018, Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 and Child Sexual Exploitation: definition and guidance for practitioners (Feb 2017). The Aspire Academy’s Child protection and Safeguarding Policy – September 2018 is reviewed on an ongoing basis and is presented to Governors for ratification.
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.