The Academy works to ensure every student is safe and protected from harm. The Academy believes this is a shared responsibility and this is reliant upon effective collaborative working between agencies and professionals. Our Academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting; promoting the welfare of all.
The focus of Safeguarding within the Academy is prevention, protection and support. The Academy recognises that children sometimes suffer abuse from those responsible for caring and protecting them. Abuse can take place within any socio-economic group, it can occur at home or within institutions such as schools.
How it works within the Academy
When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our Academy they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place.
Every new member of staff or volunteer will have an induction period including the training in essential safeguarding information.
All regular visitors and volunteers to our Academy are told where our policy can be assessed, they are provided with a set of safeguarding procedures. This policy is referred to in our Academy prospectus and parents are reminded about it through Academy communications.
When new students join our school, all parents and carers are informed that we have a safeguarding policy. This is available to parents should they request a copy.
The Children’s Act 1989, section 27 and 47, and the Children’s Act 2004 state that: it is the duty of the schools to act “…to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: ‘Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health and development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking this role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.’
Effective child protection is essential to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All agencies should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
Who to contact
The child protection coordinator at Archbishop Sentamu Academy is Julie Allinson.
Julie Allinson can be contacted by either calling the Academy on 01482 781912 or by emailing childprotection
Where there are concerns for the welfare of a student within the Academy, these must be communicated immediately to the designated child protection coordinator.
If the designated child protection coordinator is unavailable concerns must be communicated to Claire Boyton, Assistant Vice Principal.
The Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy can be found on our policies page
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