Child Protection & Safeguarding
The welfare of children must and will always be our paramount consideration at all times. Our children have the right to protection – regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our academy.
The Academy is required to have rigorous policies and procedures in place to safeguard children. The Academy has several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Senior Person (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns).
It may be helpful to know that the law places a duty on the Principal and their staff to report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools and academies nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the Academy staff risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers would accept that the staff acted in what were believed to the child’s best interests of the child.
In line with government requirements the Academy maintains a central list of checks on appointed staff and adults who work in or visit the Academy. Any volunteer or parent working in the Academy is subject to full background checks. The Academy has an agreed Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
In our ever changing world it is inevitable that our children will come into contact with, and use, technology. All parents and pupils are required to sign a declaration about the safe use of IT. If you have any concerns or want advice about e-safety at home we are more than willing to help.
Internet Safety Links
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Rudheath Primary Academy is involved in a new initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Rudheath Primary Academy our Key Adults are Andrew Ross (Principal) and Jane Thomas (Inclusion Lead)
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adults.