St Paul’s Academy
Child Protection Concerns – The Safeguarding Team
“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility”
Our pastoral system is committed to ensuring all students are successful and safe.
All children have the right to learn and grow, free from the burden of abuse and neglect. Governors and staff at St. Paul’s Academy recognise their moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where our students are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of different types of abuse and follow agreed procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. We believe all students should have access to a learning environment which encourages and promotes positive personal, social and emotional development as well as academic success. We are committed to working together with local services to build resilience, and prevent and protect students from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this policy and guidance as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s Mental and Physical 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
What to do if you have concerns
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; all agencies and adults have an important role to play. If you have concerns regarding any child’s safety or welfare, you should contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or a member of the Safeguarding Team [see the image below for full details]. Alternatively, you can also contact your GP, health visitor or school nurse or one of the agencies listed:
- Greenwich Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0208 921 3172
- Bexley Social Services: 0208 303 7777
- Childline: 0800 1111
If you are concerned that a child is at grave or immediate risk, dial 999.
General advice [NSPCC]:
- Keep guidance simple and consistent
- If your child is behaving in a way you don’t want them to, clearly explain what you want them to do instead.
- Be available and make time for your child, so they will come to you when they feel something is wrong or they are upset.
- Keep talking and listening to your child even if at times it feels like a challenge.