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;
- Sexting (Youth Produced Sexual Imagery);
- Substance misuse;
- Peer on Peer Abuse;
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment;
- Initiation/Hazing type rituals;
- Up skirting;
- Domestic abuse;
- Local issues e.g. gang activity, youth violence, Child Criminal Exploitation, and County Lines;
- 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
Other relevant sections of the website are:
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
- Anti Bullying
- Anti Bullying Policy
- School Nurse
- Student Support
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
- Safety Guide
- Ofsted Online Safety Webinar
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys – Free CAMHS Training
- National Online Safety – Parent Platform Guides
- The Parent’s Guide to Online Safety and Security
- Parent Info
- A Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online
- Child safety and cyber-flashing