Safeguarding

The Bushey Academy takes its commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people very seriously.

Every single member of staff working at the academy has an accredited Level 1 safeguarding qualification, and also completes an additional external online child protection training course each year. Furthermore, all staff have been trained again for 2016/17 on the government’s Prevent Strategy which deals with extremism.

Separate training is provided to staff in the academy who are representatives of external agencies -this is in addition to the safeguarding training conducted by their own employers, and is pertinent to our direct context and academy procedures.

The academy has invested considerable resources to build significant internal capacity and additional expertise in relation to safeguarding. Although safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of the academy’s staff, the immediate leadership structure is as follows:

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Designated Lead for Children Looked After

Designated Lead for the Prevent Strategy

Designated Lead for E-Safety

Andrew Bilton, Vice Principal

 

Lead Governor for Safeguarding

Debby Cummins

The Academy also has members of SLT and the Governing Body trained on the WRAP extremist guidance

Level 2 DSL Trained Staff

Jan Price, Director of Student Services and Deputy DSL

Michael Chapman, Assistant Principal:Pastoral and Alternative Curriculum

Rhonda Rennick, Individual Needs Coordinator

Kelly Seabrook, PA to the DSL

Karen Mead, Head of Edison

Karen Barker, Head of Whittle

Kelly Keating, Head of Marconi

Lynne Brall, Head of Babbage

The academy operates a centralized email system for recording all safeguarding concerns, and this email is available to external agencies and parents / carers who wish to raise a child protection concern:

childprotection@thebusheyacademy.org

Key Documents

The following academy documents provide detailed advice and guidance in relation to safeguarding:

S9 Child Protection Policy and The Prevent Strategy

S12 Relationships and Sex Education Policy

S38 – Student E-Safety ICT Acceptable Use Policy

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The S9 Child Protection Policy and the Prevent Strategy covers all information and academy procedures in the light of any issue involving radicalization and extremism.

Each week in whole school assembly, the academy has a Safeguarding Tip of the Week.

 

Wider Support

The following documents and website links provide wider detailed advice and support students to keep themselves safe at all times, both in and out of school:

External Child Protection Organisations

NSPCC

Child Line

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Board

Support for families is crucial  for achieving the best outcomes for children and young people. Parents and carers are not the only influence on a child’s life chances, but effective parenting is one of the strongest protective factors for any child.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Childhood Support Services have developed a directory that shows all parenting provision in one place, as well as courses that are available for parents and carers. These courses include:

  • Parenting a child with additional needs
  • Confident fathers programme
  • Caring dads
  • Understanding teenagers
  • Healthy relationships

The parenting directory is available at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport

 

Bullying

On rare occasions, young people experience bullying, either directly face to face, or via electronic communication and social media.

The academy has a zero tolerance approach to bullying of any kind and works hard to educate students about the importance of respect, empathy and tolerance. Our whole school approach is outlined in the following policy:

S18 Anti-Bullying Policy

The following website provides wider additional advice for both parents and students:

http://www.bullying.co.uk

Any student experiencing bullying should speak to a member of staff, ideally their form tutor or Head of House in the first instance. The academy also operates a confidential email system for the reporting of bullying:

okaytotell@thebusheyacademy.org

E-Safety

The Internet has many positive benefits for young people, including helping them to develop their education, but it also has a darker side. It is essential that students are taught to keep themselves safe whilst online and they must be alert to potential dangers. The following websites offer both students and parents useful guidance and advice for staying safe online.

Top Ten Digital Safety Tips

http://www.childnet-int.org

Digital Safety

www.getsafeonline.org

http://www.internetmatters.org

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

Alcohol and Drugs

On rare occasions, a young person can find themselves at risk of having problems with alcohol or drugs. The academy has a very clear policy in relation to both of these substances:

S36 Drugs Policy

The following can offer support and advice if needed:

www.talktofrank.com

ADASH leaflet

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board currently have an ongoing campaign to raise awareness amongst young people about the signs and dangers of CSE. The campaign has ongoing sources of help and advice for young people at: http://www.hertssafeguarding.org.uk
Mental Health

All students have education around how to keep themselves healthy emotionally and to deal with the stress of everyday life and specific events. During Autumn 2 (2016/17) the academy will run a resilience programme, designed to support students emotionally. The academy also has access to wider professional support, including counselling, if additional support is ever needed. This can be accessed by the Heads of House. The following websites offer additional support and advice:

How to look after your mental health

Young Minds