Safeguarding

General Information

What is Safeguarding ?

Safeguarding is about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect.

Child Abuse consists of anything which individuals, institutions or processes do, or fail to do, which directly or indirectly harms children or damages their prospects of safe and healthy development into adulthood.

Categories of abuse:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse

Domestic Abuse is considered a sub-category of the above areas.

Information about specific issues, such as safety on-line (e-safety) and radicalisation can be obtained by downloading our policy.

All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

We have appointed key members of staff who have overall responsibility for safeguarding:


Contact Information

Designated Members of Staff with responsibility for Safeguarding at Bradworthy Academy are:

Richard Stephenson (Headteacher) – Becki Turner (Deputy Headteacher)

If you are concerned about a child’s safety you can contact us in person in school, or by telephone on 01409 241365.

Alternatively you can e-mail us at:

richardstp@btinternet.com

sendco@bradworthy.devon.sch.uk

 

Our appointed governor for child protection is Andrew Carey.

 

Devon County Council operate a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which can be contacted for advice, or with concerns, by telephone on 0345 1551071, or by e-mail at mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk.


If a child is at immediate risk contact the police on 999.


Bradworthy Academy

At Bradworthy Primary Academy we understand that promoting the welfare of all the children who live and learn within our community means ensuring that we create every opportunity for our children to grow, develop and achieve to their own potential whilst being protected from harmful influences and actions either on the part of others or themselves.

In doing this we help our children develop into “fully rounded”, confident and independent people who are able to maximise their own life chances.

We seek to promote the welfare of, and effectively safeguard, the children in our care by:

  • valuing all our pupils as individuals
  • listening to our pupils and their views and allowing them the space to express themselves
  • respecting our pupils as individuals and promoting their individuality within our school community
  • involving pupils and consulting with them in decisions about things which affect them
  • ensuring adherence to school policies on confidentiality and protection of personal information
  • making sure all Governors, staff, visitors, and anyone else who is involved in the day to day life of our school, are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • adopting a code of conduct for all staff and visitors to school which includes e-safety and the use of mobile phones etc.

What Happens if We Feel that there is a Safeguarding Issue ?

As a school we are required to share information about concerns and pupil welfare issues with external agencies on a need to know basis.

Should a child makes a disclosure we will contact the appropriate agencies. If we feel that a child may be put at further risk if adults are informed we will do this without reference to others.

Where allegations concern members of staff these will be dealt with in accordance with our child protection procedures.

Additional Information

If you would like more information please feel free to get in touch with us in school.

Additionally we you can download the following information, or follow these links, if you want to find out more.

Bradworthy Academy’s Safeguarding Policy

Bradworthy Academy’s E-Safety Policy

National Society for the Protection of Children (NSPCC)

Barnardo’s

Devon County Council / MASH