Saxon Hill Academy recognises its legal duty to work with other agencies in protecting children from 'significant harm' and responding to possible child abuse. The framework for such procedures is defined by the relevant circular from the Department of Education and skills and the Staffordshire Area Child Protection Committee.
The staff seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude toward children and young people as part of their general responsibility for pastoral care. Staff hope that parents and children feel free to talk about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress and that they will see the school as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff.
All staff must work within the legal and statutory guidelines for child protection. These are found in the DfE Circular 10/95 – Protecting Children from Abuse: the role of the education service and the folder, Child Protection issued by the Education Department of Staffordshire County Council, both of which are available in the school office. We encourage all staff through awareness and training to have a good working knowledge of our Safeguarding policy. All staff will have a working knowledge of the 'Every Child Matters' framework and its significance in our setting.
Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Kim Thomas, Head of Care Office
Designated Safeguarding Deputies are:
Click here to download our Safeguarding policy
The Department for Education had issued statutory guidance for schools and colleges called Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for schools and colleges. To read this click on the links below:
Operation Encompass - Saxon Hill Academy has signed up to Operation Encompass, which is an information sharing partnership between Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent educational settings, from Reception to Higher Education. This allows us to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. To visit their website to learn more, please click here.