Erasmus Darwin Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We recognise that this is everyone’s responsibility. At Erasmus Darwin Academy we have regard to current legislation when carrying out our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We believe that our purpose within safeguarding is to ensure we:
- Are committed – developing a robust culture of vigilance
- Build resilience – raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues, and equipping children with the language and skills to keep themselves safe
- Establish a safe environment – in which children can learn and develop within an ethos of openness and are taught to treat each other with respect, to feel safe, to have a voice and are listened to
- Support vulnerable pupils – supporting pupils who have been abused, have witnessed violence towards others or may be vulnerable to abuse
- Prevent unsuitable people from working with children by ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with our children. And to maintain an active vigilance thereafter,
Our aim is to follow the procedures set out by Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
- Knowing that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, and the voice of the child is evident
- Protecting children and young people at our academy from maltreatment
- Establishing a safe environment in which our children can learn and develop within an ethos of openness
- Preventing impairment of our children and young people’s health or development
- Ensuring young people at our academy grow up in circumstances consistent with the provisions of safe and effective care.
- Offering children a balanced curriculum including PHSE, healthy relationship education, online safety and sexting
- Offering children and young people balanced curriculum through online activities, enabling them to enhance their safeguarding skills and knowledge whilst understanding the risks.
- Understanding that no single professional can have the full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their family has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
- Undertaking the role so as to enable children and young people at our academy to have best outcomes.
- Ensuring as an academy we have a clear understanding of our staff’s knowledge and understanding, and embedding safeguarding through clear systems of communication and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) so that safeguarding is a robust element of our academy.
If you have a concern that any student is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact school reception as soon as possible and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Alternatively you can contact the police on 101 or children’s services for Staffordshire on 0800 1313 126 or Walsall on 0300 555 2866
Further information regarding how to keep children safe, identifying and preventing abuse and what help is available can also be found on the NSPCC website
Through our comprehensive training programme comprising of weekly safeguarding training sessions, topped up with weekly e-bulletins our staff are well equipped to understand and perform their roles and responsibilities as set out in current legislation with regard to safeguarding children.
In accordance with statutory guidance all Erasmus Darwin Academy Staff are fully aware of and are in compliance with the following guidance:
- Working together to Safeguard Children (DfE)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education: statutory guidance for schools and colleagues (DfE)
- The Procedures of the joint Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board,
Erasmus Darwin Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts within the school will require enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance in addition to identification and qualification checks.
Further safeguarding information for parents :
The joint Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board has a range of advice for parents and carers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.
Online safety is a real and major concern for a number of parents and carers and you can find more information about this area here https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
So far this academic year, all students in the academy have attended a safeguarding assembly on CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation).
For Mental Health support, please visit the CAMHS self help website – http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/camhs-selfhelp