The NSPCC state that:
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Child Protection Policy
Our Child Protection Policy has been written to ensure that all staff are fully informed about their responsibilities in relation to Child Protection, are aware of signs and symptoms which may suggest that a child is coming to harm, the various types of safeguarding issues that we may face as educators of children and who to speak to if they have a concern about a child or member of staff.
"Keeping Children Safe in Education"
Keeping Children Safe in Education is the statutory guidance for safeguarding in schools and colleges. All Teesville Academy staff have received training on, read and understood the most up to date version of the document. This is completed annually as is legislation.
CPOMS stands for Child Protection Online Monitoring System and is used by school for monitoring child protection, safeguarding and pastoral and welfare issues. CPOMS provides our safeguarding team with a system to help with the management of child protection, behavioural issues, bullying, special educational needs and domestic issues. Every member of staff across school has an obligation to report any concerns which they may have. CPOMS allows this information to be recorded in a central repository and have relevant people alerted immediately. Senior leaders are able to build a chronology around a student and can produce reports for Case Conference Meetings, Governors and other professionals very easily.
All Teesville Academy staff receive safeguarding training to ensure that they have a level of understanding appropriate for working in school. This includes basic safeguarding and child protection training, more in depth training on the Keeping Children Safe in Education document and training on the Prevent strategy. Training on Safeguarding is revisited annually.
Children - "Keeping Safe"
At Teesville Academy, we work hard to ensure that our children have as much information as possible in relation to keeping themselves safe. This is a term we use frequently with the children and teach them about "Keeping Safe". We work closely with other agencies such as Cleveland Police , covering topics such as , ‘Anti-Social Behaviour and Consequences’, ‘Conflict Management’ and ‘Knife Crime’.
We also work with agencies such as the Fire Brigade and Health Services who come into school to provide assemblies and complete work with children throughout the school year.
This year we have also provided "Bikeability" across several year groups to ensure the children know how to keep safe on their bikes when out in the community.
We also promote "Online Safety" across school to encourage the children to be safe online.