The staff and governors are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our pupils and to provide a safe environment with robust systems to ensure the safety and healthy development of all of our pupils within the Academy, on related academy trips, and other activities.
The Hundred of Hoo Academy is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and students) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.
The Hundred of Hoo Academy recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
The Hundred of Hoo Academy recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the academy that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. 2. Definition of Safeguarding
Definition of Safeguarding
‘Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes a wide range of issues relating to pupil’s welfare, health and safety’ (Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills, Ofsted 2019).
Our academy core safeguarding principles are:
- It is a whole academy responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern;
- All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection; o All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account;
- All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies;
- All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.
There are three main elements to our safeguarding policy
- Prevention (e.g. positive, supportive, safe academy culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures);
- Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns); o Support (for all students, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);
- Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).
The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP).
All safeguarding policies will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Leigh Academies Trust, and a representative of the Academy Board that has responsibility for oversight of academy safeguarding and child protection. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will ensure regular reporting on safeguarding activity and systems in academy to the Academy Board. The Academy Board will not receive details of individual student situations or identifying features of families as part of their oversight responsibility.