At Buckler’s Mead Academy we strive to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, on line and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.
Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The Academy has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the Academy will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.
A clear policy on Safeguarding is available below and is reviewed on an annual basis.
There are designated lead staff who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff below on the Academy’s Safeguarding Policy.
Students can report an issue by speaking to any member of staff within the Academy. They can also raise a concern through the connect behaviour system. They simply select the ‘report issue’ icon and explain their concern. This will be picked up by their Head of Year and a member of staff will speak to them and offer support and guidance as appropriate
Policy and Procedures
We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. The policies are accessible to all staff on the academy network. Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised by the Academy Directors on a regular basis.
Please click here for the Academy’s Safeguarding Policy
Disclosure & Barring Checks
Buckler’s Mead Academy meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with Buckler’s Mead Academy who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.
Safeguarding Leads/Child Protection Officers
Buckler’s Mead Academy Directors have ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Within the Academy there is a Safeguarding team who leads on Safeguarding issues. The team is clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations