Our Safeguarding Team
DSL: Mrs Thomas DDSL: Mrs Morris
Safeguarding at Grange Academy: Key Information
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Definition of ‘safeguarding’,
‘Keeping children safe in Education, DfE, 2019, defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:
‘Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. ‘Children’ includes every one under the age of 18’.
You can find a copy of the national guidelines here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/830121/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_060919.pdf
Safeguarding within Grange Academy
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff and volunteers are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children working with social care, the police and health services both to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
At Grange Academy we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where all of our children are respected and valued.
Every school is required to have a designated safeguarding lead or (DSL). At Grange Academy, this role is undertaken by Mrs Thomas-Designated Safeguard and Mrs Morris-Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL). The DSL has a duty and responsibility to follow the law as outlined in the school's 'Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy'. At times the DSL and DDSL have to undertake difficult conversations and would be negligent in their role if they did not follow up on any potential safeguarding concerns identified.
The responsibilities of our DSL and DDSL are:
- Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns and of school procedures
- Ensuring staff receive regular Safeguarding training and updates
- Ensuring all staff understand and can recognise the symptoms of potential child abuse and neglect
- Referring any concerns to Children's Social Care (Formerly Children's Social Services) or other external agencies
- Monitoring children who are the subject of Child Protection plans (CP), Child in Need plans (CIN) and Team Around the Family plans (TAF)
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records
- Working closely with external agencies to support children and their families.
Below are the school policies related to Safeguarding and Child Protection.
- DBS Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- E-Safety Policy
- Whistle Blowing Policy
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Children Missing in Education- Statutory Guidance
- Safer Working Practice Guidance
- Acceptable Use Guidance
You can find copies of these in the Policies section of our website.
Every family goes through challenging times at some point, and it is ok to ask for help. ‘Early Help’ means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems, and help you be the very best family you can be. Early help is for everybody, for families with children and young people of any age. It is about helping as early as possible. It is about looking at what help you need as a family before you start to struggle. The earlier we can get the support, the better the outcome.
If you think you would like to access early help or for further advice, please contact the following number or take a look at the attached web-link. If you have any questions or worries please do not hesitate to come into school and speak with Mrs Thomas or Mrs Morris.
Bedfordshire Early Help: 0800 023 2057
Early Help Website: https://earlyhelp.bedford.gov.uk/
At Grange Academy pupils are encouraged to express and discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of lessons and activities and have access to a range of opportunities which promote respect and empathy for others. As part of the new Prevent duty under s.26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, we are aware of the importance of building children’s’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. At Grange Academy, we build pupil's resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in proactive and positive decision making.
On 1 July 2015, the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Grange Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability. At Grange Academy, all Staff have completed PREVENT duty training, which is regularly updated. As part of internet safety, we ensure suitable filters are in place to keep children away from extremist materials.
At Grange Academy staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Through our RSE and Rights Respecting Agenda work, we ensure pupils are given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life, we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers, friends and relatives at school events, productions or open events are for the enjoyments of individual families. They must not be used in a way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images or putting them on the internet including social media networking sites. This message is emphasised before concerts and events in school.
We understand in some circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way or within school by staff. If this is the case, then please inform the school and update via the schools’ photo permission form.
Useful Guidance and further support if you have a concern:
National Online Safety: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/
Safeguarding Network: https://safeguarding.network/safeguarding-resources/sexual-violence-sexual-harassment/