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Safeguarding Children

Parkwood Academy is committed to keeping our students safe, both in school and the wider community. As part of our safeguarding arrangements, we have a two-way information sharing agreement in place with Sheffield Police. The agreement is compliant with Crime & Disorder Act 1998 (s.115) and Data Protection Act 1998 (s.29.3;s.35.2.), and focuses on preventing young people from becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour as a victim or offender.

Whilst Parkwood Academy is a sponsored academy we work very closely with Sheffield City Council on matters of safeguarding and our contact is: 

Flora Bandele

Schools Safeguarding Advisor

07734743258

The safety and welfare of all our students at is of upmost importance to us at Parkwood Academy

Please contact the school directly if you have a concern about welfare of a child. Please use the links below.

Rachel Dixon- Designated Safeguarding Lead

Or

Elizabeth Browne - E-Act Systems Leader for Safeguarding

Keeping Children Safe in Education

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education' is new statutory guidance and replaced the government’s previous safeguarding guidance. It was updated in May 2016 (guidance commenced 5th September 2016). The guidance applies to all schools and colleges. It covers safeguarding information for all staff and how schools should manage safeguarding as well as important things such as safer recruitment of staff. It explains that everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. It also includes guidance on what to do if you are worried a child is being abused.

(see link)

Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

This is the senior member of staff with responsibility for safeguarding in the organisation, who reports to the Head teacher. The designated safeguarding lead at Parkwood Academy is Rachel Dixon. The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)  is to oversee and manage referrals. This includes referring all cases of suspected abuse to the Local Authority Children’s Social Care and Health. Her role is to work with the Headteacher and inform her of issues including ongoing enquiries. Our School Based Police Officer, PC Callery, gives us significant support and advice.

 

Safeguarding Policy, including Health and Safety

Our range of Safeguarding/Health and Safety Policies are on our web site under the section ‘Our Ethos: Policies and Statements’ and  are designed to:

  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children;
    • Do our utmost to maintain an environment where young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected and encouraged to talk, believing they will be listened to.
    • Ensure our students know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried;
    • Include opportunities in the curriculum, especially through the tutorial programmes as well as in Computing and IT for students to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse and to know who they should turn to for help.
      • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip students with the skills needed to keep them safe;
      • Develop and then implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse;
      • Support students who have been identified as in need of early help or at risk of harm inaccordance with his/her agreed Child Protection, Child in Need or Early Help Plan;
      • Establish a safe environment in which our young people can learn and develop.

       

      We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to identify concerns early and to observe the outward signs of abuse. We therefore:

  • Do our utmost to maintain an environment where young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected and encouraged to talk, believing they will be listened to.
  • Ensure our students know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried;
  • Include opportunities in the curriculum, especially through the tutorial programmes as well as in Computing and IT for students to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse and to know who they should turn to for help.

Our Procedures

  • We follow the procedures set out by the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE)
  • We have a Senior Leader nominated as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who undertakes regular, appropriate training and support for this role – currently this is Rachel Dixon.
  • We ensure every member of staff (including supply staff and volunteers) and the Governing Body knows the name of the DSL and understands their role.
  • We ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and understand their responsibility for referring any concerns to the DSL.

 

Practical safeguarding advice for parents and carers.

There may be times, as a parent or carer, when you need help, advice or information when caring for your child. This page provides links to sites where you can access information and get advice on a number of subjects.

In addition to your son or daughter’s Form Tutor, Year Manager or Year Leader College, key staff who can help you with any of these issues; Ms Dixon, Designated Safeguarding Lead; or PC Callery, Academy Based Police Officer.

 

Online safety

The NSPCC recently released a campaign aimed at parents of children between 8-12 to give them the information and confidence they need to have a conversation about safe sharing online. The evidence shows that from these ages onwards, children begin to use more devices to access the internet as well as being more active and independent online. The goal of the campaign is to help any parents feeling they need support to get to grips with their child’s online activities.

 

The NSPCC worked with parents to establish their concerns - a panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet and 1850 young people assessed and tested a number of websites on criteria such as their reporting mechanisms, privacy settings and prevalence of inappropriate content.

 

The Share Aware campaign has useful facts and advice including a downloadable ‘Parents’ guide to being Share Aware’ which gives parents information on how to talk to their children about safe sharing online, including what to share and what not to share, with whom and on what sort of sites, as well as information on what to do if your child overshares.

Think U Know is a set of resources developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre at website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk to help educate young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet. Know IT All is a set of resources developed by Childnet International at website: http://www.childnet-int.org/kia to help educate parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.
 

Government Link

Keeping Children Safe In Education.

Working Together To Safeguard Children.

Parkwood E-ACT Academy Safeguarding Policy

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused.

Social Media

 

Independent Supporters Service Info

Sheffield Information

Independent Support Overview

Independent Supporters Leaflet

 

 

Useful Links

Does your child help anyone out informally, for payment? Do they run errands, help look after other children, mind pets or help out with domestic or other tasks for payment?

If so, the attached guidance may help you to make sure the work is safe for them to do and that it complies with the law. Click Here

 

Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board

www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk

www.sheffield0to19.org.uk/professionals/partners.html

www.ashianasheffield.org

http://sheffielddact.org.uk/domestic-abuse

http://sheffielddact.org.uk/.../Forced-Marriage-and-Honour-Based-Violence

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/our-services/camhs/

www.sth.nhs.uk/...sexual-health

https://www.ceop.police.uk/Contact-Us/

http://sheffieldkids.co.uk/online-safety

www.kidscape.org.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk

www.cruse.org.uk/sheffield

www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk

www.nhs.uk/conditions/Eating-disorders/pages/introduction.aspx

Unicef Data Work /docs/Safeguarding/FGMC_2016_brochure_final_UNICEF_SPREAD__1_.pdfon FGMC

Road Safety

 Parkwood Academy Students Road Safety Video

Road Safety Resources

Motorcycle Safety Guide: Table of Contents http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/mc/guide/
A Guide To Motorcycle Safety https://blog.jardinemotors.co.uk/guide-motorcycle-safety/