Our Safeguarding Team
From left to right:
Mr S Doggett (Director of Learning Cultures), Mrs M Lane (Head of Senior Year, Safeguarding Governor), Mrs L Smith (Student Support and Safeguarding Officer), Mrs N Rossage (Designated Safeguarding Lead, Vice Principal) and Mr D Smith (Senior College Leader)
We believe that our Academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our Academy that will help children feel safe and respected.
We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly about anything that worries them and to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We will work with parents to build an understanding of the Academy’s responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.
Safeguarding arrangements in our Academy are underpinned by two key principles:
- safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: all staff, governors and volunteers should play their full part in keeping children safe; and
- a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
Our students can report any safeguarding concerns electronically at any time, whether during or outside of the school day, via the Big Red Button.
No mobile phones (or associated watches) or mp3 players are allowed at the Academy. If they are seen or heard, they will be confiscated. If an item is confiscated, it can only be retrieved by a parent/carer at the end of the Academy day. We will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items, and therefore encourage students not to bring these items to the Academy.
Some young people self-harm. If you are concerned that your child is self harming, click here to find out more information about what you can do.
Mental Health Issues
There is a new national initiative called Shelf Help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people 13-18 and their friends and families if they are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams.
Net Aware is the UK’s only parents’ guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps, and games used by young people. The guide is informed by 1,696 children and young people and 674 parents and guardians.
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