What is safeguarding?
“The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” Every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
Working Together to Safeguard Children - HM Government, 2015
Leeds City Academy takes its role in safeguarding extremely seriously and our staff will do everything they can to protect students and children from harm. We acknowledge that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all of our staff are trained to be vigilant and aware of the signs and indicators of abuse. The viewpoints and voice of students is of paramount importance to our Academy and we will always listen to their wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. We will work alongside students to develop trusting, consistent and professional relationships. We advocate early help processes and, where possible, we will identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We will always provide support and advice for families and parents/carers, whilst acting in the best interests of the student at all times. Safeguarding also includes ensuring we follow safe working practices and provide a secure learning environment for our students and staff.
Leeds City Academy safeguards students by:
- Maintaining a secure site and ensuring that all visitors to the Academy are recorded and monitored.
- Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our students.
- Ensuring that all students understand the importance of e-safety both at the Academy and at home.
- Filtering and monitoring all internet traffic into the Academy to ensure that students cannot be exposed to harmful material and communication.
- Ensuring that all staff employed by the Academy have received Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record.
- Providing regular training and briefings for all staff in child protection and ensuring that all staff and visitors know who our designated safeguarding officers and designated senior lead are.
- Ensuring that admission and attendance procedures are robust to protect students, ensure that they are safe and prevent students from going missing from education.
- Empowering young people to identify risks both within the Academy and in their community; ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to protect themselves and others.
- Making sure that all students understand the importance of disclosing concerns about themselves and peers, and giving them the confidence to discuss sensitive issues.
- Providing pastoral and inclusion support to ensure that all students have access to guidance and advice, and when needed referrals for additional agency support to meet their needs.
- Sharing information with other agencies and services to ensure that students, children and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent children and students from harm.
- Taking immediate action and contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a student or child is in danger or is at risk of harm.
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations. Other helpful sources of information include:
ParentInfo.Org: Expert information to help children and young people stay safer online.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – DFE 2018.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - Translated into 11 different languages. (Translation may not be accurate)
NHS Live Well
Anti-Bullying and Hate Incidents
At Leeds City Academy, we are work determinedly ‘In Partnership’ with students, parents/carers and the community to provide our students with a safe, secure and happy environment in which to learn. We expect high standards of behaviour and always encourage our students to develop into responsible and valued members of the community.
- Deliberately hurtful behaviour
- Repeated often over a period of time
- Difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves against
It usually takes one of four forms
- Physical e.g. hitting, fighting, taking belongings
- Verbal e.g. name-calling, insulting remarks – Any verbal bullying that is construed as racist, sexist or homophobic will result in a significant sanction. Leeds West Academy adopts a zero tolerance policy on this form of deeply offensive bullying
- Indirect e.g. rumour-mongering, excluding someone from social groups
- Cyber-bullying e.g. texting, use of websites etc
Raising awareness through the curriculum
- Bullying is addressed through our In Partnership days at the start of term, ensuring all students are clear about our expectations and also where/who to go to if they have any concerns.
- DNA sessions in KS3 and KS4 address responsible friendships, peer pressure and peer on peer abuse so that students can identify unhealthy friendships.
- Assemblies are periodically used as a vehicle for raising awareness, using relevant examples
- Students actively contribute to the anti-bullying policy
- Personalized workshops and groupings during our Culture Conferences ensure students have further opportunities to explore healthy, responsible relationships.
- An Anti-bullying week will take place each year, to raise awareness of different types of bullying and explore ways to prevent it from happening
- All incidents are treated seriously by staff and referred to the Form Tutor/Year Manager or senior member of staff as soon as possible.
- Written statements are taken from all students involved
- Both the ‘victim’ and the ‘bully’ are made aware that the academy views any instance of bullying very seriously
- It is imperative that the victim is supported and is given help
- Every effort must be made to resolve the situation immediately. Where appropriate, ‘victim’ and ‘bully’ should be brought together to discuss the incident within a supportive restorative meeting
- There is accurate recording of all bullying or hate incidents. These are categorised to include bullying, cyber-bullying, Homophobic Language or Behaviour, Racist Language or Behaviour, Sexual Harassment to allow analysis and targeted preventative education for identified students
- The Hate Incident Reporting Scheme (HIRS) provided by Leeds City Council is used to evidence that LCA challenges hate, supports understanding of hate, shares strategies for resolving hate incidents and to find support and resources for responding to hate incidents
- Follow up procedures check that the bullying has not resumed and the views of both ‘victim’ and ‘bully’ are obtained.
- The senior lead member of staff will judge the seriousness of the incident. In the case of a minor ‘one off’ incident, in which no physical harm is done, a reprimand may be sufficient. More serious or persistent cases will necessitate the involvement of senior leaders. In these cases, parents must be informed and invited into the academy
- Sanctions must be clear, consistent and appropriate to the seriousness of the incident
- Where other strategies do not resolve the problem, permanent exclusion may be justified in the most serious and persistent cases, particularly where violence is involved
- When investigating a fight, it is important to identify whether it has arisen through bullying. If a student has been severely provoked, this must be taken into account when dealing with the incident. If both parties have been provoked by third parties, it is important to identify the provocateur(s) and deal with them appropriately. N.B. We must never give the impression that we condone retaliation, although we should treat incidents of this nature sensitively
Once the incident has been dealt with, it is important that there are no further problems. The victim must be able to alert the Form Tutor/Year Manager, senior member of staff of any repercussions and strategies should be put into place to allow this to happen. Similarly, the bully must be monitored so that no further incidents occur.
One Minute Guides
|Abuse of the Most Vulnerable|
|Indicators of Physical Abuse|
|National Picture and the Law|
|Indicators of Sexual Abuse|
|Online Quick Facts|
|Keeping Children Safe in Education (Government Guidance)|
12 Smartphone Online Safety Tips - National Online Safety
Fortnite - National Online Safety
House Party Guide - National Online Safety
Sexting Guide - National Online Safety
Cyberbullying - National Online Safety
Key Online Resources to support the PREVENT Duty - combating extremism and radicalisation:
Prevent Tragedies – website by the UK Police and other partners
FAST [Families against Stress and Trauma] – UK based organisation
On-line support for Young People:
Extreme Dialogue - aims to build resilience to radicalisation among young people through a series of open-access educational resources and engaging short films that foster critical thinking and digital literacy skills. http://extremedialogue.org/
The Formers project - aims to tell the stories of four former extremists in their own words. The resources are still in development - http://connectfutures.org/formers/
Interactive training service focusing exploring issues such as difference - website provides short clips also on YouTube. http://meandyoueducation.co.uk
Inspire - Inspire is a counter-extremism and women's rights organisation. [http://www.wewillinspire.com/working-with-schools/school-resources/] It has produced a powerful film with members of Muslim communities to challenge the recruitment narrative of ISIL and that of far right extremists. Inspire have also produced a free online resource for schools on their role in challenging Islamist inspired extremism.
"Miriam's Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings" a collection of unique, curriculum-based lesson plans, accompanying resources and guidance notes for teachers of pupils with age range 11 to 14 years.
Since 9/11 – a new teaching resource for schools for KS3 and above but elements could be used at Primary. Good cross curricular links and links with teaching fundamental British values.
Let’s Talk About it – this is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. This provides further information and support on Prevent including resources and videos.
A new department of education helpline by the NSPCC is now here for both children and adults who are victims of recent or historic sexual harassment and abuse in schools or education. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 136 663
On-line Safety training for pupils
Vodafone: Digital Parenting (Issue 5)
The Parent Zone in association with Vodafone have released the latest version of the highly recommended Digital Parenting magazine. The resource is free to access online and contains useful and practical information on a variety of subjects (Issue 5
contains reference to Digital Resilience).
A really useful resource guide to help adults stay up to date with
the social networks children use. The resource highlights various
popular social media apps and provides an explanation of what it
is, age ratings, why it is popular and points to be aware of.
4 Quick Checks
Can you separate the fact from the fiction?
The new interactive BBC iReporter game - aimed at youngsters aged 11 to 18 - gives you the chance to take on the role of a journalist in the BBC newsroom.
Support regarding media coverage of terrorist incidents
Safety campaign – Advice for Young People on how to react in the unlikely event they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack.
Run, Hide, Tell: Advice For Young People
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