Safeguarding at The Halifax Academy

Safeguarding students is at the heart of everything we do at the Halifax Academy. Safeguarding means:

 

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing the 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; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

 

We all have a duty to safeguard children and all staff and volunteers working in school have regular training and are familiar with the statutory guidance of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021). Training is provided on all aspects of safeguarding, including: the signs of abuse; Prevent strategy to protect children from radicalisation and extremism; child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation.

 

Our Safeguarding Policy and Whistleblowing Policy can be found on the Policies page.

 

Our students are taught about ways to keep themselves safe at an age appropriate level. Our curriculum includes a range of safeguarding work, including learning how to stay safe with regard to: anti-bullying, substance misuse, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism. We work closely with other agencies to support this work.

Staying safe online

Internet safety and staying safe online is a crucial aspect of our work and is a constant feature of the curriculum. We provide parents with information about Internet safety through Family Learning and information sent home.

 

For further advice on how to keep you child safe online please visit:

www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

How to report safeguarding concerns

Our safeguarding team is led by Associate Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs Jo George. We also have a deputy DSL for phases 1-3; Mrs Sue Keasey and a deputy DSL for phases 3-5; Miss King.

 

 

The DSL for Halifax Academy is Jo George

jgeorge@thehalifaxacademy.org

07719527852

 

 

The DDSL for Phase 1-3 is Sue Keasey

skeasey@thehalifaxacademy.org

07783 631192

 

 

The DDSL for Phase 3-5 is Tracey King

tking@thehalifaxacademy.org

07809 207245

 

 

 

If you have any concerns about a child at the academy, no matter how trivial they may seem, please raise them with a member of the safeguarding team.

 

As a school we will not tolerate any form of sexual violence or harassment and have strong procedures in place regarding peer on peer abuse. If you have any concerns of this nature at all please contact the safeguarding team. As further support, the NSPCC run a service for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. This bespoke helpline will provide appropriate support and advice to victims including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. You can call 0800 136 663 or email: help@nspcc.org.uk

 

Should you have any concerns regarding any member of staff or adult working in our academy, please report them to the Headteacher, Mr Perry. Should you have any concerns about Mr Perry, please report them to Dr Phil Shepherd, Chair of Governors, who can be contacted through the school office on 01422 301080.

 

You can also contact Calderdale’s Multi Agency Screening Team on 01422 393336/392881 if you have concerns about a child being at risk of harm.

 

Further information is available on the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board website: www.calderdale-scb.org.uk

 

If you are worried about a particular issue, you may be able to find information and advice via our Health & Wellbeing page.

 

Year 6 Open Evening - Wednesday 5th October

Is your child starting secondary school in 2023? Our next open evening is on Wednesday 5th October 5.15pm-7pm. No need to book. See you there!