Holy Cross Voluntary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Appropriate safeguarding is a prerequisite to the effective development and well-being of children and is therefore an underlying principle in all that we do. The policies within our safeguarding folder reflect this commitment.
The policies however are not enough and we are also committed to:
We have two Designated Safeguarding Leads in the school. They are:
Mrs Minford (Headteacher) and Miss Breeze (Assistant Headteacher)
The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the academy and on a day to day basis.
Key Aspects of the DSL role include:
The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular Police, Health and Children’s Services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carers of the need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or Police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset, but the school will follow legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger, ring the police, if you have concerns about a child refer it to social care. The number to call to speak to a professional, including out of hours is 01163050005.
Details of Operation Encompass can be found be clicking on the following link:
Although the school’s current Child Protection Policy is not due to be reviewed until November 2020, all current safeguarding training, protocols and practices are compliant with the statutory guidance in the following documents:
Parents may find the link below helpful in starting a conversation with their child about online safety.
Published 2nd December 2019