The Safeguarding Team
Below are the key contacts with regards to safeguarding throughout the academy, as well as information and policies that are put in place in order to help promote a safe and secure environment.
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 the following specialist trained senior members of staff with responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding as quickly as possible.
The Prevent Duty
E-Safety for Parents
The Trust recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its students by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
Q3 Academy Langley acknowledges that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.
All applicants for employment within The Trust will be fully screened in accordance with DfE Guidelines – Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.
All staff are trained on Child Protection Procedures.
The key principles of our Safeguarding Statement are that:
- The student’s welfare is, and must always be the paramount consideration.
- All students have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately by following Q3 Academy’s Child Protection Policy.
“Taking of unauthorised photographs or video footage within the Academy Grounds is strictly prohibited”
The Prevent Duty
From 1st July 2015 schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in the exercise of their functions to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.
Q3 Academy is committed to fulfilling this duty and to carrying out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.
Risk assessment – The statutory guidance makes it clear that schools are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism. Q3 Academy has a clear policy in place for protecting children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation. This is not a distinct policy for the ‘Prevent Duty’ but is included within our Safeguarding/Child Protection policy.
Partnerships – The Trust works with partner agencies to seek advice, support and guidance to draw on multi-agency expertise.
Training – Q3 Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead has undertaken Prevent awareness training to enable them to offer advice and support to other members of staff. All staff have attended training on how to identify factors that can make students vulnerable to radicalisation.
IT – The Academy ensures that students are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet within the Academy. The Academy uses Web and Email filtering appliances as well as Screen Monitoring software to identify any potential risks or safeguarding issues which are checked on a regular basis.
The Educate Against Hate website, which is the collaboration between the Department for Education, the Home Office, the NSPCC, Internet Matters, Childnet, ParentZone, UK Internet Safety Centre and many other organisations, brings together the best advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation. The information and advice available on Educate Against Hate is an invaluable resource and we encourage all parents to visit the site and familiarise themselves with the information it provides.
- Educate Against Hate – http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
E-Safety for Parents
The government has recently announced new measures to keep children safe online at school and at home. At Q3 Academy we have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place, so that no student can access harmful content via the Academy’s IT systems and concerns can be spotted quickly. We also teach our students about safeguarding, including online, through our Head Start and tutor programmes.
Please see below for links to some great online resources for parents and carers about online safety. They provide helpful support and information on understanding the risks and benefits of social media and advice on how to prevent risks becoming problems.
For example the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS) has produced a new guide for parents on social media. It contains practical tips about the use of safety and privacy features on apps, cloud services and games, and some conversation prompts to help families start talking about online safety.
- http://parentinfo.org/ – online tool with information on how to keep children safe whilst using the internet
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents – information for concerns over children and where to report incidents
- http://www.internetmatters.org – expert information on how to keep your children safe online
- Child Safety Online Information – Government guidelines on using Social Media
- Online Safety Guidance for Parents – Useful leaflet from SWGFL