What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is seen by the academy as our ‘duty of care’ to ensure that every student is safe from harm. Harm can be defined in numerous ways and we take this in its broadest form.
It is our responsibility to work with our students, parents/carers, the community, local service providers and multi agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students no matter what their background or need. It is our duty to ensure that we protect learners, meet statutory requirements, promote their welfare and aspirations and prevent radicalisation and extremism.
In the first instance we aim to do this by ensuring outstanding punctuality and attendance, outstanding behaviour, maintaining a zero tolerance policy in relation to any form of bullying, and ensuring that our students know how to keep themselves safe in the very diverse world and cyber world in which they function on a daily basis.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.
It also relates to:
- Pupils’ health and safety;
- The use of reasonable force;
- Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
- Providing first aid;
- Educational visits;
- Intimate care;
- Internet or e-safety;
- Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.
And can involve a range of potential issues such as:
- Bullying, inc. cyberbullying (by text message, on social networking sites etc) and prejudice-based bullying;
- Racist, disability, and homophobic or transphobic abuse;
- Radicalisation and extremist behaviour;
- Child sexual exploitation;
- Substance misuse;
- Local issues e.g. gang activity and youth violence;
- Other issues including domestic violence, sexual exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and honour based crimes.
Who deals with safeguarding issues?
Every member of staff at the academy has a responsibility for the safeguarding of our students. However we have a dedicated team of Child Protection Officers who are always available to speak to your child if they have a concern be it about themselves, friend or peer.
Click here to view our Child Protection Policy.
Letters to Parents regarding Safeguarding
If you wish to see letters that have been sent to parents regarding safeguarding please click here: Letters | Nunthorpe Academy.
#ListenToYourSelfie campaign aims to tackle online sexual abuse
Childline has seen a 24 per cent rise in the number of counselling sessions about online sexual abuse in the past year – with the rise in the use of apps and webcams being blamed.
Around 65 per cent of the 3,716 sessions during 2015/16 involved young people aged 12 to 15, while 28 per cent involved 16 to 18-year-olds.
Almost two-thirds of the sessions involved girls and 459 related specifically to grooming – an increase of 21 per cent.
The new figures come after previous NSPCC research has shown just how much the internet is used as a “gateway” by offenders. Last year, more than 3,000 sexual offences against children had a mandatory “cyber-flag” placed against them by the police, meaning that the incident involved the internet.
For more information about this campaign please read more here: #ListenToYourSelfie campaign aims to tackle online sexual abuse
Safer Internet Day 2017
Safer Internet Day is a truly collaborative campaign, and Nunthorpe Academy along with the RCSCB (Redcar & Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board) are proud to support and promote the national campaign and the work at the UK Safer Internet Centre and to help all partners spread the word. We know that many schools put on a variety of activities to equip their students as well as to support promote Safer Internet Day.
We supported Safer Internet Day 2016 and joined hundreds of other organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day and promoting the safe and responsible use of technology.
Safer Internet Day 2016 happened on Tuesday 9th February 2016 with the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.
All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at UK – Safer Internet Centre
For further advice and access to resources please visit: Thinkuknow (CEOP)
Cleveland Police have also created a helpful booklet that is a great resource for parents: Safer Internet Day 2016.
School tells parents to delete MyLOL app after concerns raised that it’s being used by sexual predators. “We strongly advise that you talk to your child about this and our advice would be to delete the app and block the website.”
A school in Manchester has sent out a warning to parents following concerns a teenage dating app is being used by sinister predators. One school posted the alert on its Facebook page over concerns about MyLOL. On further investigation, school bosses found ‘the app is being used for inappropriate activities against young people’.
On its website, MyLOL bills itself as the ‘#1 teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada’ and claims to have more than 300,000 members around the world. It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’ Teenagers are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.
Other relevant sections of the website are:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Anti Bullying
- Anti Bullying Policy
- School Nurse
- Student Support
- Assemblies 2015 / 2016
- ICT4C Christmas Guidance
- Stay Safe Online Advice
- Cleveland Police Cyber Crime Advice – February 2017
- How can you safeguard Children from Sexting?
- National Online Safety Update – May 2018
Other useful websites are:
- Preventing Bullying Guidance – GOV.UK
- Domestic Violence – GOV.UK
- Online Safety | NSPCC
- Various safeguarding – CEOP
- ‘This is abuse’ – Teenage Relationship Abuse – GOV.UK
- Educate Against Hate
- Tea and Consent – Youtube
- Internet Matters – Parental Controls
- Pan European Game Information – Age Ratings for Computer Games
- NSPCC Net Aware
- Selfie Safety Tips for Teens
- Yellow social media app – what parents need to know
- eWare Youtube Channel
- Free Online Course for Parents regarding suicide and self-harm
- Safety Guide
- Safeguarding in Education Newsletter – December 2017
- Ofsted Online Safety Webinar
- National Online Safety – Parent Platform Guides