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Safeguarding Commitment

The Academy adopts an open and accepting attitude towards young people as part of its responsibility for pastoral care.

Staff hope that young people and parents will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see the Academy as a safe place when there are difficulties. The worries and fears of young people will be taken seriously and they are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.

Our Academy will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an ethos where young people feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
  • Ensure that young people know that there are adults in the Academy whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty;
  • Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE/Citizenship which equip young people with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse, and to know to whom they can turn for help;
  • Ensure every effort is made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies;
  • Operate safe recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with children, including references and Criminal Record Bureau and List 99 checks.
Last updated: September 27, 2016