At Christ the King CVA, we believe that it is extremely important that clear systems and structures are in place to keep children safe. In school, all staff are aware of who the Designated Safeguarding Lead in School is, what their role is and who to contact when they are not present in school. The staff in these roles can be seen below:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss M Tyrrell
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr S Akers
Other Staff who have completed the DSL Training:
- Mrs L Bator
- Miss D Eddyshaw
- Miss A Scott
- Mrs A Woollard
If you have any concerns you should, in the first instance, always contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead, about the safety of any of our students.
We recognise that there is nothing more important than keeping children safe when they are in school and this is our primary objective as educators. We firmly believe that safe and happy children are more likely to enjoy coming to school and to be successful. We strive to keep children safe at all times in two ways:
- By ensuring that we provide a clean, tidy and safe environment in which students can learn and study
- By reacting when we have concerns for the safety of children and when we feel they are at risk/in danger
With regard to the second of these points, we make no apologies when we feel the need to contact Children’s Services and/or the Police. The staff of Christ the King CVA are fully committed to the safeguarding and protection of our young people and we will do everything in our power to ensure that they are kept safe from harm.
What to do if you have concerns about one of our students.
If you have any concerns about either the physical or emotional well-being of a Christ the King student, the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead will be contactable during school hours.
Marissa Tyrrell – firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 07812 981857 or 0115 855 0557
Joanne Love, Headteacher – email@example.com Tel: 0115 955 6262
Moira Dales, Lead DSL for the Trust firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07852 133 114.
You should also report your safeguarding concerns directly to your local authority safeguarding team.
If you are a Nottinghamshire County resident, please call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub 0300 500 80 80 during working hours or call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546 out of working hours.
If you are a Nottingham City resident, please call Children and Families direct on 0115 876 4800. In an emergency call 999 and to report a crime call 101. It is important to ensure pupils use the internet responsibly and safely, with this in mind, please see below some useful resource’s about internet safety:
Taking Immediate Action
We will always endeavour to work with parents to ensure that our students are kept safe. Naturally, we recognise that parents are the primary carers of their children and that they have a vital role to play in keeping them safe. Where possible, we always invite parents in to have face-to-face conversations if we feel that the safety of their child is at risk. We may also communicate with them via telephone, email, text or by letter to ensure that we are communicating effectively.
We also recognise however that there are occasions when it is in the child’s best interests NOT to inform parents when making a referral to Social Care or to the Police, if, for example, the parent is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if making the parents aware of the referral would place the child in even greater danger. We make no apologies for this and will use our professional judgement when making decisions about the best way forward to keep our students safe from harm.
Safer Recruitment & Safeguarding Training
When recruiting new staff, we believe at Christ the King CVA that it is essential that those involved in the process have the knowledge and expertise required to keep our children safe in this important role. All members of the Senior Leader Team and many Governors undergo extensive ‘Safer Recruitment Training’ to ensure that when making appointments of new staff, they are able to provide the necessary levels of safety for our students. Enhanced DBS checks are also carried out on all new members of staff to ensure that our students are kept safe at all times.
Once appointed, all staff must complete online Safeguarding training. The training covers many areas to equip staff with the knowledge and expertise they need to keep our students safe. The following list demonstrates the areas covered in the training, but is not exhaustive:
- The different types of abuse
- The possible indicators of abuse/how to spot it
- What to do if a child wants to talk to you
- Safeguarding and the law
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Trafficking
- Honour Based Violence (HBV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Radicalisation and Extremism
- Screening, Searching and Confiscation
- E-safety and Anti-bullying
- Safe Internet Use
- Homophobic Bullying
We recognise that the landscape of child safety is constantly changing and that there are constant new ‘threats’ to the safety of our students. For this reason, we insist on our staff completing their training every year. Furthermore, all staff receive regular updates from the Designated Safeguarding Lead through email and staff meetings/INSET to ensure that we are constantly abreast of changes in the threats to our students.
Health and Wellbeing Information
We are currently experiencing unprecedented times and the challenges associated with self-isolating can put extra pressure on our mental wellbeing. We have included below some useful information to support you and your child:
If you are struggling, please reach out for support from teachers, family and friends. There are other online support services such as:
Record-Keeping & the Sharing of Information
In-line with expectations, confidential Child Protection files are kept in locked filing-cabinets in a secure location in school on each child of whom concerns have been raised. Electronic, password-protected files and logs are also kept to ensure that we have accurate records of events in the life of the students in our care, so that we can assist Social Services and the Police if need be.
We will actively share information with outside agencies to ensure that children are kept safe whilst maintaining the confidentiality of information in line with Data Protection expectations.
Complaints & Allegations against Members of Staff
If a parent or carer wishes to make a complaint/allegation against a member of staff concerning a matter of Safeguarding/Child Protection, the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Ms Marissa Tyrrell) should be contacted immediately. Allegations against a member of staff will always be taken seriously and acted upon. The Local Authority Designated Officer (Terri Johnson) will always be contacted if a Child Protection or Safeguarding complaint is made against a member of staff. In the event that a complaint needs to be made against the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Headteacher of the Academy (Miss Jo Love) should be contacted.
Pupil Provision – Keeping Children Safe
Each academic year, we run a rolling programme for all students within our school which focused on developing life skills that helps to ensure students remain safe, happy and healthy both in and out of school. ‘Personal Development’ lessons take place every half term, with six sessions in total per academic year. The timetable is collapsed during these sessions and staff lead sessions to our young people in their areas of strength. Students gain further information on the following topics:
- Road Safety
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Internet Safety
- Physical Health and Diet
The sessions are delivered to students in year groups and then they will be split further into house groups so that students have the chance to ask questions and take an active role within each one hour session. All sessions have been carefully planned so that the content is at the correct level for each specific year group.
We will continue to deliver this rolling programme as the feedback from students and staff over the last years has been very positive. We also believe it is key for our school to develop our students into kind, caring and knowledgeable young people who leave Christ the King CVA with an ability to keep themselves safe in every environment that they may find themselves in.