Mark First & Pre-school C of E Academy – Safeguarding Statement
At Mark First & Pre-school CE Academy we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure children and young people receive effective support, protection and justice.
The Governors of Mark First & Pre-school CE Academy are committed to the safeguarding of all children, staff and visitors at the Academy. Safeguarding is a high priority, with arrangements in place to ensure children feel, and are safe, both on Academy premises and during off-site activities. The Academy follows the Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018’ and ‘Working together to safeguard children July 2018’. The learner experience and individual achievement and development are paramount and safeguarding initiatives are developed to impact positively upon this. The Academy also ensures that safeguarding legislation and guidance is adhered to and taken into account when developing and revisiting policies, procedures and associated arrangements.
The Academy provides a safe physical environment for its learners, staff and visitors, ensuring that site and premises are of a good standard. Health and Safety arrangements are in place to ensure adherence to current legislation and guidance and Safeguarding is included as a regular agenda item on all routine Academy meetings.
Applicants applying for vacancies will be subject to recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise the Academy’s commitment to the safeguarding of its learners and staff. The procedures include the use of application forms, pre-employment vetting, enhanced DBS checks, barred list checks, prohibition checks, references and interview questioning. The Academy has a robust induction plan for all new staff and volunteers which includes Safeguarding, Prevent and Health and Safety training.
The Academy has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Pre-school has its own DSL. Both DSLs are supported by deputies. The DSL is responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding. The Academy has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues together with recording and monitoring processes.
All staff are trained to an appropriate level to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities. Training is updated annually, together with ongoing safeguarding briefings, training sessions, staff meetings, and awareness sessions, throughout the academic year.
The Academy’s commitment to safeguarding is paramount to the success of the learners. Academy Governors and the Senior Leadership Team will continue to keep abreast of developments in this area and implement arrangements to improve ongoing safety and awareness of its learners, staff, volunteers and visitors.
The Academy follows guidance from the following documents and agency
Keeping children Safe in Education – September 2019
Safeguarding Provision Statement
Mark First & Pre-School CE Academy recognises that the safety and welfare of children is paramount and that we have a responsibility to protect children in all the academy's activities. We take all reasonable steps to ensure, through appropriate procedures and training, that all children, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, are protected from abuse.
We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, children, parents and visitors. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. Please do not hesitate, if you have any concerns or queries, to contact the Academy immediately and you will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Anna Yates (Headteacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Mrs Jo Collyer, Senior Teacher & SENDCo, Mrs Carolyn Brierley (SEND Assistant & After School Club Superviser).
The Designated Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Helen Tanswell.
Contact details are available on our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy in 'Key Information'
We share information about concerns with agencies, who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
Further information can be found from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board http://sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk
Allegations against staff - Link to the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) for Child Protection report form:
You should receive a response within 1 working day
Our pupils are increasingly using Information Communication Technology (ICT) in schools and in the home. Online-safety (previously e-safety) is concerned with supporting our children and young people to develop safe on-line behaviours both in and out of school. We need to educate our whole school community about the risks and benefits of new technologies so that we are confident and responsible users.
Are you worried about the way someone has been communicating with you or your child online? You can make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.
The website below also has a range of information about keeping yourself or a child you know safe from child exploitation.