FEELING SAFE AND WELL AT MALTBY ACADEMY
The safeguarding of children is the responsibility of all adults. In Maltby Academy this includes staff employed by the school, staff commissioned or contracted from external services & agencies, volunteers, governors, parents/carers, and extended family members. We all have a responsibility to ensure that children feel safe and well at all times. Within school this means that all aspects of the environment ensure that a child feels able to learn and develop in a safe environment.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016 (Department for Education) states:
‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.’
Click here to read the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.
Maltby Academy is therefore committed to following safeguarding procedures which are informed by Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Department for Education as follows:
- Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe.
- Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse and training staff to use the procedures effectively. This includes timely information sharing.
- Supporting vulnerable students and those in difficult circumstances who have been abused in accordance with the agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
Child Protection is a key aspect of safeguarding which is concerned with protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, and involves working with social care and/or the police when a child is deemed to be at risk of significant harm. There are 4 categories of abuse:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
Some of the signs of abuse include the following indicators. However, it should be remembered that there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for any of these; it is important not to jump to conclusions:
- Changes in appearance including personal hygiene and weight loss
- Bruises and injuries, and evidence of pain or discomfort
- Clingy and/or fearful behaviour
- Changes in eating habits
- Uncharacteristic and/or secretive behaviour
- Problems with peer groups
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Self-harming behaviour
- Talk about suicide and/or death
- Changes in mood including prolonged anxiety, stress, fearfulness, being easily prone to tearfulness and/or tendency to overreact
- Loss of interest in social events and/or hobbies
- Deterioration of attention span and/or restlessness
- Evidence of age-inappropriate sexual knowledge
Many of the above may also be signs of problematic mental health. As a school, Maltby Academy is committed to being alert of signs of abuse and/or problematic mental health and intervening early to safeguard children’s safety, welfare and wellbeing.
Concerns are dealt with by our Core Safeguarding Team:
Mrs S Graham: Associate Senior Leader, Designated Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead
Mrs H Smith: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Mrs C Quarmby: Complex Case Officer
For more information on specific safe and well matters, click on either the Parents/Carers or Students tabs below.