Practice and Guidance
The Policy at TPA is based on the principle of fully recognising the academy’s responsibilities for child protection. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, academy staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The academy will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the academy whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Include opportunities in the PD curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF and DFE:
- Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
- Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
- Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers)and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
- Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
- Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the academy and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the academy prospectus.
- Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a student who is on the child protection register.
- Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
- Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
- Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main student file, and in locked locations.
- Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
- Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Richard Jones, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Amy Byrne, Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Jake O'Mara, Deputy Safeguarding Lead
If you have any cause for concern for any student at our school, please contact Richard Jones on (033) 3360 2200 or by email at: email@example.com
If you have a safeguarding concern out of school term time hours, please Lee Lucas (TSAT Lead for Safeguarding) via firstname.lastname@example.org
Portsmouth Social Care: 02392 839111
Childrens Social Care Out of hours: 0300 555 1373
Childline: 0800 1111