Safeguarding & Child Protection

Burnage Academy aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff.

The school is committed to supporting the delivery of effective early help through multi-agency working, a consistent application of the thresholds and the use of a single agency assessment.

The Early Help Assessment is embedded into everyday practice and procedures when responding to children’s needs and signposts children and families to appropriate preventative services. The children have access to appropriate curriculum opportunities, including emotional health and well being, to support the development of the skills needed to help them stay safe and healthy, develop their self-esteem and understand the responsibilities of adult life, particularly in regard to child care and parenting skills.

Access to cross-curricular activities will provide opportunities to develop self-esteem and self motivation and to help pupils respect the rights of others, particularly those groups who may be considered a minority.

Burnage Academy exercises diligence and prevents any organisation or speaker from using the school’s facilities to disseminate extremist views or radicalise pupils and staff.

THE CURRICULUM

All children have access to an appropriate curriculum which is broad and balanced and differentiated to meet their needs. This enables them to learn to develop the necessary skills to build self-esteem, respect others, defend those in need, resolve conflict without resorting to violence, question and challenge and to make informed choices in later life.

Children and young people are encouraged to express and discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of activities and have access to a range of cultural opportunities which promote the fundamental British values of tolerance, respect, understanding and empathy for others. There is access to a range of extra curricular activities, information and materials from a diversity of sources which not only promotes these values but supports the social, spiritual, moral well-being and physical and mental health of the pupils.

Pastoral lessons provide opportunities for children and young people to discuss and debate a range of subjects including lifestyles, forced marriage, family patterns, religious beliefs and practices and human rights issues.

Burnage Academy takes account of the latest advice and guidance provided to help address specific vulnerabilities and forms of exploitation. All staff have a duty to report any concerns for example even if they know if someone else (a child at another school) has had the procedure. Where FGM has taken place, since October 2015, there is a mandatory duty placed on teachers to report such cases to the Police.

All pupils know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach in confidence if they are in difficulty or feeling worried and that their concerns will be taken seriously and treated with respect.

ATTENDANCE & EXCLUSIONS

Burnage Academy views attendance as a safeguarding issue and in accordance with the school’s Attendance Policy, absences are rigorously pursued and recorded. The school, in partnership with the
appropriate agencies, takes action to pursue and address all unauthorised absences in order to safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care.

The Attendance Policy identifies how individual cases are managed and how we work proactively with parents/carers to ensure that they understand why attendance is important. In certain cases this may form part of an Early Help Assessment or a Parenting Contract.

We implement the statutory requirements in terms of monitoring and reporting children missing education (CME) and off-rolling and understand how important this practice is in safeguarding
children and young people.

The school will only place young people in alternative educational provision which is a registered provider and has been quality assured. Young people who require access to alternative provision will have a personalised learning plan designed to meet their needs. Their attendance will be monitored by Burnage Academy in accordance with the School Register Regulations.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will be informed when a fixed term or permanent exclusion is being discussed and any safeguarding issues will be considered. Where it is felt that a child or young person is likely to be permanently excluded a multi-agency assessment will be instigated to ensure that there is improved understanding of the needs of the young person and their family and that the key agencies are involved.

KEEPING RECORDS

Burnage Academy will keep and maintain up to date information on children on the school roll including where and with whom the child is living, attainment, attendance, referrals to and support from other agencies. The school record will also include a chronology of any other significant event in a child’s life.

Issues of a safeguarding nature, however minor, are recorded on a ‘One Note’ page for the particular student. As other events occur, they are added to the One Note page, with the nature of the event clearly headlined and dated.

The top of the One Note page will clearly indicate the name and contact details of all external agencies/professionals involved with the student, both current and previous.

For more information on these and other aspects of our Safeguarding and Child Protection care please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below.

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