The RSA Academy fully recognises its moral and statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, school staff are well placed to identify concerns early and to observe the outward signs of abuse.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
preventing harm to children’s health or development
ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
The RSA Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We believe that:
All children/young people have the right to be protected from harm
Children/young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school
Children/young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
All children/young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs
All children/young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other
All children/young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally
Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying (including homophobic, bi-phobic, trans-phobic and cyberbullying), exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours
All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse
The RSA Academy will fulfill their local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:
The most recent version of Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE)
The most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (DfE)
The West Midlands and Sandwell Safeguarding Children Procedures
The Education Act 2002 s175 / s157
Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools: Departmental Advice (DfE 2014)
The RSA Academy seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right/Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements.
The Academy Trust, Local Governing Board, the Principal and the Designated Safeguarding Lead will assess the level of risk within the school and put actions in place to reduce that risk. This risk assessment will be reviewed annually.
We recognise that not all parents/carers will have access to the internet or be confident users of it. We recommend parents start by reading two really useful leaflets provided by Childnet, Supporting Young People Online and their Parent Factsheet. If you need any further help or guidance, please contact the Academy.
If you require further clarification or support regarding safeguarding, please contact one of the named members of the safeguarding team above.