Safeguarding children and young people is central to everything we do at Hill Avenue Academy.
This section of the school’s website gives an overview of the policies, partnerships, programmes and mechanisms that are in place to safeguard the children and young people who attend Hill Avenue Academy.
The full suite of current and ratified Safeguarding policies is available to interested parties on request. However, the key policies are freely available to all, and are clearly signposted, as appropriate, on this website.
At Hill Avenue, we fully recognise our responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. It is difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. That is why we do everything within our power to:
The action we take at our school to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play and we recognise, and take our part very seriously in, this. We ensure that we operate a child-centred safeguarding system. We recognise that children want to be respected; have their views heard; to have stable relationships with their teachers, built on trust; and to have consistent support for their individual needs.
Our school recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended academy activities. All members of the academy community (including volunteers and governors) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff will be updated annually. The academy will ensure that it provides written referrals on the correct form (MARF) and recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of one of our children.
In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’, the Executive Headteacher, Headteacher, SLT and some Governors have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff including volunteers have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing work. Details of all checks are held in a central record. Staff will be inducted into the academy and training will be given with regard to child protection.
Designated member of staff
The designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL) is Elliott Hateley (Headteacher), deputy designated Safeguarding officer is Harj Kahlon (Deputy Headteacher).
Our designated members of staff are fully trained and receive updated training every 2 years.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead ensures all confidential records are kept securely. It is the responsibility of the designated member of staff to have discussions with Social Care when concerns arise regarding the safety of a student in this college. All such students are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are always passed on to the appropriate agencies. The Designated Lead ensures that all staff are trained with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Our academy has a designated safeguarding governor, Katy Morgan (Chair), who will act as the link person between the governing body and the Designated Leader. The governor will review safeguarding procedures/practices including access to training through termly meetings with the Designated Person. The governors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties including accessing training. Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.
Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs
We recognise that statistically children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. All staff who support these students will be extra aware of the need for vigilance for signs of abuse.
This academy believes in working closely with parents and there is an open-door policy so that parents can feel able to visit at any time to discuss concerns. Email is used extensively by parents to contact members of staff directly including the Principal.
Our School is fully signed up to the Safeguarding of Children and the Policy is in place and can be found on the website as can all other policies e.g. Special Educational Needs – Behaviour and Attendance etc.
Below you will find our safeguarding and child protection policy that outlines how we ensure our children are safeguarded at all times. This policy outlines the actions we take to: promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm; protect children from abuse and maltreatment; prevent harm to children's health or development and ensure our children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care. There is also a range of DFE documentation on online resources that underpins our practice.