Safeguarding & Child Protection

The Whitley AP Academy  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all of our pupils as well as creating a safe and happy environment for our pupils’ learning and development.

At The Whitley AP Academy we recognise that education can be a powerful tool in equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and confidence to think for themselves and keep themselves safe. We do this through our taught curriculum and pastoral support. We aim to provide a safe and secure environment and our experienced staff offer support and advice, if they are worried or concerned about their safety.

All staff and volunteers  undergo vetting (Enhanced DBS checks) to ensure they are safe to work with children and are given regular training on identifying child abuse and what to do if they are concerned.

The Whitley AP Academy has a clear policy on Safeguarding, Child Protection Procedures and follows the guidance as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019) and these may be accessed in the link below.

KCSiE (Sep 2019)

Calderdale – TWAPA Safeguarding Policy (Sep 2019)

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Victoria Wilson

Rachel Adams

Phillip Hannah

Lindsey McManamin

Safeguarding Issues

Behaviour – TWAPA has clear behaviour rules for the whole school community that must be followed to keep everyone safe and happy.

Bullying – All cases of bullying will be taken very seriously and we will work with children and families to try and resolve problems. The school has an anti-bullying policy.

Health and Safety – Everyone at TWAPA has a responsibility to keep adults and children working in a safe environment. The school has a clear H&S Policy which all must follow. The school has trained first aiders to deal with accidents in school.

E-Safety – TWAPA recognises that technology plays an important role in the education of our pupils and we are committed to safeguarding our pupils in the virtual world. We have a clear e-safety policy.

Complaints – If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of your child or another pupil it will be dealt with under our child protection procedures. All other complaints, including those that may point to poor practice by a member of staff will be dealt with through the complaints procedure.

Child Protection

Everybody has a responsibility to keep all children under the age of 18 safe. Harm is identified in four ways:

Physical—This is when a child is deliberately hurt or injured

Sexual—This is when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical activity or non physical, e.g. being made to look at an inappropriate image.

Emotional—This is when a child is made to feel frightened worthless or unloved. It can be by shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents, or visitors to the home, fighting or using violence.

Neglect—This is when a child is not being taken care of by their parents. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet , not keeping appointments for additional support, not coming to school or being left home alone.

What parents must do:

Feel confident to raise and share concerns about your child with the DSL at school.

Be aware of and read the school policies about safety issues.

Keep the school informed of any changes or issues that involve your child or family.

Support the school’s attendance policy by encouraging regular attendance and boosting your child’s learning.

Useful safeguarding links

CEOP Internet Safety

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Get Safe Online

Advice and help about online safety

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

Educate Against Hate

Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism

https://educateagainsthate.com/

Branching Out

Confidential support for young people with drug or alcohol issues

https://humankindcharity.org.uk/service/calderdale-branching-out

Childline

What to do if you are bullied online

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/

This page is under review.