Please CLICK HERE to read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Those responsible for safeguarding are listed below:
Newcastle Academy Designated Safeguarding Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – email@example.com
Trust Safeguarding Compliance Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Endeavour Trust – Nominated Safeguarding Governor – Vicky Recine
Education Safeguarding Lead: Roz Randall 07773791172
All staff listed can be contacted by email during school holidays.
If you have a serious concern about the safety of a child or young person up to the age of 18, and feel that they may be at risk of being harmed or has come to harm, please contact the First Response Service immediately on 0800 1313 126.
All our workstations are monitored by
Newcastle Academy Safeguarding Statement
Newcastle Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
All concerns are dealt with by staff trained to the same level as that of the ‘Designated Child Protection Lead Officer.’ The designated lead officer is Lois Newton, Vice Principal. All other staff receive annual basic awareness training.
Should you have any concerns about your child or a child who attends Newcastle Academy, please do not hesitate to contact the Lead Child Protection Officer.
Cause for Concern
All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the staff trained to deal with such instances. Concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as there are often reasonable explanations for the concern.
Absence and lateness is recorded by the attendance team. Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Lead Child Protection Officer. Parents/carers will be notified of attendance concerns at the earliest possible point.
Support for Families/Multi Agency Working
Newcastle Academy works collaboratively with external agencies to ensure that children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted. We actively work with families to secure positive outcomes for both children and families.
PARENTS AND CARERS GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING
Please follow the link below for the United Endeavour Trust’s, Parents and Carers Guide to Safeguarding. The guide provides a selection of documents that may be useful for parents and carers in helping them understand more about the subject and outlining what we do as a school.
Talking to children about sexual abuse
The BBC features advice for parents on how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. Advice for talking to young children includes: have simple conversations with them, teaching them that their body belongs to them and that they can say no if anybody tries to touch them; tell them the difference between a “good” and a “bad” secret; use the NSPCC’s PANTS acronym. Advice for talking to older children includes: keep talking about sex abuse right through to university age; talk about the dangers posed by smartphones and internet use but do not “shame” a child’s behaviour if they do something wrong online.
From time to time we will have updates which will be posted here.
Please be aware of some reports in the press recently and an important message circulated by the Met Police Regional Co-ordinator regarding Blue Whale website:
“There have been a number of recent incidents nationwide regarding children / young adults committing self harm.
They access the BLUE WHALE challenge website. The game starts innocently. Then dramatically increases in risk. Some have resulted in serious self harming. The game encourages them to commit suicide. Some of the participants have tattoos showing a whale on their arm/s. Known incidents have occurred in HARROW, TVP, SUSSEX and MANCHESTER.”
Blue Whale is an horrific ‘game’ which calls on participants to complete a dangerous self-harm challenge every day for 50 days before they are encouraged to ‘win’ the ‘game’ by killing themselves. A newspaper report on it can be found at http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/warning-parents-over-deadly-social-8526
Investigators are not sure how big a hit it is in the UK yet but know that it is becoming a massive hit in France. It is being investigated for links into many recent teenager deaths http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/777933/blue-whale-challenge-british-police-vulnerable-teenage-suicides-russia-britain
Below is documentation from our E-Safety Event 15.3.17