What is safeguarding?
It might be difficult to accept, but 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
“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.”
Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013)
The Farnley Academy takes its role in safeguarding young people extremely seriously and does all it can to protect young people from harm. This includes:
- Maintaining a secure site and ensuring that all visitors to the Academy are recorded and monitored;
- Carrying out regular site visits with students to identify any risks to their safety;
- Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our students;
- Ensuring that all young people understand the importance of e-safety both at school and at home;
- Filtering all internet traffic into the Academy to ensure that young people cannot be exposed to harmful material;
- Ensuring that all staff employed by the Academy have received Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record;
- Regular training for all staff in child protection and ensuring that all staff and visitors know who our designated child protection officers are;
- Empowering young people to identify risks both within school and in their community and ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to protect themselves and others;
- Making sure that all young people understand the importance of disclosing concerns.
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.
The Brief is a monthly newsletter produced by Leeds City Council, Safer Leeds to support parents and carers to keep up with the complex and changing world of social media, smart phones and applications (apps). You can download the Brief newsletter below.
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Keeping your child safe at Clubs and Sporting Events
In addition to the many extra-curricular clubs and activities that you child may take part in at the Academy, they may attend various clubs beyond the school gates. If this is the case, West Yorkshire Sport has published a guide for parents and carers which includes a safe activity checklist. Please take time to read this guidance as it will help to keep your child safe.