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
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:
The following academy documents provide detailed advice and guidance in relation to safeguarding:
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.
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
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
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:
The following website provides wider additional advice for both parents and students:
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:
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.
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:
The following can offer support and advice if needed:
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
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: