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Seathorne
Primary Academy

Safeguarding

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. 

At Seathorne Primary Academy, we will provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are committed to Safeguarding and actively encourage a strong culture of vigilance in this area.

The academy is alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care.  This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

The site specific document attached below sets out the arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Seathorne Primary Academy and should be read alongside the GAT Safeguarding Policy.

Definition

It is important to see safeguarding as the “umbrella” term for everything that is done to support children and young people, to keep them safe and promote their welfare. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ defines safeguarding as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of a child’s health and development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care: and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

The welfare of the child is paramount (Children Act 1989/2004)

  • All children irrespective of their age, cultural background, disability, gender, language, racial origins, religious beliefs, sexual orientation have the right to be protected from abuse

Teaching our pupils about safeguarding

Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with organisations such as the NSPCC or Childline.

Click here to access the NSPCC website

Click here to access Childline

Academy based contacts

Name Role
Mrs K Radford Principal
Mrs K Radford Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr M Wood

Mrs D Croxford

Mr P Baker

Mrs Z Brader

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr P Baker eSafety Officer
Mrs K Radford Prevent Duty Lead
Mrs D Croxford Designated Teacher for Looked After Children
Mrs D Croxford Designated Teacher for Previously Looked After Children
Mrs B Davies + Mrs P Yates Attendance Officer
Mrs D Croxford Family Welfare Officer

All of the above can be contacted via Seathorne Primary Academy office

Phone: 01754 764689 or email: admin@seathornprimaryacademy.org