Safeguarding

At Ark St Alban's Academy our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr L Cole.

Ms E Maguinness is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).

Should you need report any safeguarding concerns, please use the email address 'safeguarding@arkstalbans.org'

 

What is Safeguarding?

At Ark St Alban’s Academy we want every child to be happy, healthy and safe at school and at home. We place a significant importance on safeguarding within the school as we recognise the impact of having a stable environment for children to flourish. We appreciate that there are occasionally challenges within a family which may make it more difficult to provide a safe and secure environment for children. When these challenges arise, we work with families and external agencies to aim to return the home and family environment to one of safety as soon as possible.

of our staff have been trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. We have four members of staff in school who have received advanced safeguarding training. This means they are trained to respond should a child tell us something concerning, or should we have reason to believe that a child is unsafe. Our staff are trained in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children, the statutory guidance which all schools in the UK must adhere to. All staff have been trained to recognise signs of Radicalisation, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation and many other specific risks in accordance with government requirements.

If we are worried about a child or a family we have a duty to act and in some cases we will be required to share our concerns more widely. The team of professionals we work with are here to support families. If we need to ask you or your family further questions to clarify anything which we have noticed or are worried about, please do not be alarmed. We have a duty to do so and we are always acting in the best interests of the child. Anything we discuss will be confidential and shared only on a strict ‘need to know’ basis.

Please see below for useful links for parents. You will also find relevant staff and parent safeguarding briefings on topical or urgent issues uploaded here:

Protecting children from abuse online

Expert advice on keeping children safe online

General advice on all issues affecting young people

Friendly, confidential drugs advice

Government publications on safeguarding children

 

Our Pastoral Curriculum

In terms of a proactive approach, we also teach every child about a number of topics over the course of the year which are designed to help keep them safe. We call this the ‘pastoral curriculum’, and it is delivered through tutor periods.

The pastoral curriculum teaches our pupils to stay safe, lead healthy lives and make well informed choices about their futures. It involves the explicit teaching of character and values, collective worship and PSHE/RSE in addition to assemblies, celebrations, and current affairs. The PSHE/RSE curriculum has six strands – Identity, Safety and Security, Rights and Responsibilities, Careers, Health and Relationships and Sex Education.

 

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you are worried about a child or an issue in the local community please email safeguarding@arkstalbans.org.

Follow this link to learn more about Keeping Children Safe in Education.

 

SENSO

Each pupil at our academy is provided with their own laptop. In order to keep pupils safe online, every laptop is fitted with software which monitors exactly what pupils type. Any alerts are flagged through software called ‘SENSO’, and all alerts are then followed up by the DSL and/or DDSL.

 

External Agencies

We work with a number of different external agencies to provide additional support for our young people. These include:

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Children’s Advice and Support Services (CASS)

Change Brief Therapy, for short-term mental health support

Forward Thinking Birmingham, for longer-term mental health support, anger management, and many other services

Our Police Community Support Officer – Andrew Abley

Many others on a case-by-case basis through ‘The Waiting Room’:

The Waiting Room - Health and Wellbeing services at your finger tips – Birmingham & Solihull (the-waitingroom.org)

 

Operation Encompass

As an academy, we are part of ‘Operation Encompass’, which aims to tackle incidents of domestic violence. Please see here for more information:

Operation Encompass