We, at Parkside Academy, are fully committed to ensuring that your child is safe whilst with us. We recognise our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people entrusted to our care by establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
Safety is identified as a strength of the school by both pupils and parents and was commented upon by Ofsted 2011 thus:
“Students are very clear that they feel safe in school and they have an acute awareness of issues such as e-safety”.
The staff and Governing Body are committed to establishing and maintaining an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. We ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried and that the principles of confidentiality are made clear to children and young people. The school promotes a positive, supportive and secure ethos, giving pupils a sense of being valued.
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, staff in school are well placed to observe the signs of possible abuse and therefore need to be constantly vigilant. The Pastoral Team work closely with other agencies in protecting children from harm and in responding to concerns about possible abuse, including the Police, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Educational Psychology Service and other agencies/services coming into school to support individual pupils/groups of pupils.
As well as making every effort to ensure that the school site is safe and secure, there are stringent checks made on all applicants for posts at the school. All staff have been trained in Child Protection and we have four highly qualified Designated Officers : all adults are fully aware of their duty of care and receive regular training and updates.
There is a distinction between
- a concern about the quality of an aspect of school provision
- a complaint
- an allegation against an adult working with children.
In the case of an allegation, it may relate to someone working with children who has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed or may harm a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child, or
- behaved in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
- (‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ March 2015)
|Nature of complaint||Contact|
|General School Complaints||Headteacher, in writing|
|Allegations against staff,
See C above – not a complaint
|Headteacher or Designated Member of Staff|
|Allegations against Headteacher||Chair of Governing Body (Mr D. Kingston) and Local Authority Designated Officer|
|Allegations about the School/Governors conduct||LADO and / or Ofsted|
Anyone with a concern about a child’s safety and well-being can contact Children’s Social Care to make a referral directly at First Contact on 03000 267979