At the Deanery CE Academy we have an important role to play in identifying any concerns children and young people may have and promoting health and wellbeing throughout all areas of their life. All staff are committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. We expect volunteers and our surrounding community to do the same.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy is located below.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Our safeguarding leads are the first point of contacts for all students, parents, staff, members of the public and volunteers in all matters of safeguarding and child protection. Our safeguarding leads will conduct the relevant safeguarding procedures and work closely with HR to ensure that all staff are up to date with any training they may need. All Safeguarding Leads will receive appropriate training every two years.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly with one of our named safeguarding leads above. If our safeguarding leads are unavailable, their duties will be carried out by the Principal or an Assistant Principal, where appropriate. Any complaints or allegations made against a member of staff will immediately be referred to the Principal who will inform the safeguarding leads and the Chair of the Local Board, Paul Woolley. Where the Principal is the subject of an allegation or complaint, these duties will be carried out by Paul Woolley, Chair of the Local Board, in liaison with the safeguarding leads and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise.
Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child.
A written record of any concern will be kept on file and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary. Written records will be kept locked and secure, computer records are encrypted.
NSPCC helpline - 08088005000
Swindon's Family Contact Point - 01793 466903