Safeguarding our students
Willenhall E-ACT Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment.
The academy’s first priority is the welfare of our students. We are committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the students entrusted to our care at all times.
We recognise that some students may be at risk, or are the victims, of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or specific issues such as child sexual exploitation or radicalisation and extremism. The academy ensures that all staff receive training so they can identify such risks. The academy leadership team also ensures effective safeguarding processes and procedures are in place to support staff to take appropriate action when required.
In order to protect our students at Willenhall E-ACT Academy, we aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our students can feel secure, valued and listened to.
- Recognise signs and symptoms of children who are victims of harm and abuse, or who may be at risk.
- Respond quickly and effectively to any disclosures of children who may at risk, or who are victims of harm.
Our academy will support all students by:
- Educating students on how they can keep themselves and others safe.
- Treating every student’s request for help seriously, maintaining a “student focussed” way of working, recording via CPOMS (see separate document)
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the academy.
Everyone visiting the academy and working with our students must be aware that:
- A disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at any time (lesson times, break times, after school etc.).
- Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse.
- They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised.
- They should involve a member of the safeguarding team immediately using their purple card or contact details below.
- If a member of the safeguarding team is not available, the headteacher should be contacted.
- Before outside agencies are invited into the academy, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and identification has been seen.
If you have a concern that a student is being harmed or at risk of harm or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the following safeguarding team members immediately.