The Whitehaven Academy (TWA) recognises that the welfare and safeguarding of its students is a priority. The DfE defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Please contact Mr G Trewhitt Designated Safeguarding Lead, if you have safeguarding or child protection concerns. gtrewhitt@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

The Whitehaven Academy Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Designated teacher responsible for children who are looked after or previously looked after children.

Mr G Trewhitt, Assistant Headteacher
T: 01946 595409

gtrewhitt@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs K Lunn, Student Provision Officer

Years 11, 12 & 13

klunn@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs J Street, Student Provision Officer

Years 9 & 10

jstreet@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs F Brown

Student Provision Officer Years 7 & 8

fbrown@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

The Cumbria Education Trust’s Child Protection and Engagement Officer is Mrs G Creighton,

gcreighton@cumbriaeducationtrust.org

Our commitment to the safety of our students and our staff

We are committed to the safety of our students and staff and ensure that our safeguarding procedures are adhered to at all times. As part of our commitment to Safeguarding:

  • The academy provides an environment where students feel safe and secure, valued and respected, and confident to speak out in the belief they will be effectively listened to
  • We have a Senior Leadership Team who are committed to the importance of safeguarding and promoting our student’s welfare
  • TWA have a whole staff team who are made aware of how young people will be protected and safeguarded within the academy and are fully aware of how to report any concerns over their protection, safeguarding and welfare
  • The academy maintains a Single Central Record of DBS checks carried out on our staff, volunteers, and external agencies
  • At TWA all our staff complete Level 1 Safeguarding Training
  • All relevant members of the Senior Leadership Team have completed the Safer Recruitment Training Course
  • Mr Trewhitt is our designated Child Protection Officer

All visitors are requested to report to reception where they must sign in and collect a visitor’s badge. It is our academy policy that all visitors are collected and escorted at all times whilst on the academy site to ensure the safety of students. Safeguarding leaflets and information are clearly displayed in reception.

Should there be a requirement to revert back to remote learning due to a school closure or a period of isolation for students, we have robust safeguarding processes in place.

In these circumstances, members of the school community can report any safeguarding concerns by emailing safeguarding@whitehavenacademy.org.uk or in urgent cases by calling our designated safeguarding phone between 7.30-4.30 Monday-Friday on 07802725457. Students would also be able to contact any member of staff via email during the school day and request a meeting via TEAMs. We will also implement the following:

  • Form tutor sessions each morning from 9.00-9.15am
  • Regular check-in calls and meetings with students from the Learning Provision Team who are struggling to engage or cope with work
  • Socially distanced home visits
  • Wellbeing Wednesday – signposting resources and agencies to support students with their wellbeing and mental health
  • In-School Provision for vulnerable students
Safeguarding in the event of remote learning

Should there be a requirement to revert back to remote learning due to a school closure or a period of isolation for students, we have robust safeguarding processes in place.

In these circumstances, members of the school community can report any safeguarding concerns by emailing safeguarding@whitehavenacademy.org.uk or in urgent cases by calling our designated safeguarding phone between 7.30-4.30 Monday-Friday on 07802725457. Students would also be able to contact any member of staff via email during the school day and request a meeting via TEAMs. We will also implement the following:

  • Form tutor sessions each morning from 9.00-9.15am
  • Regular check-in calls and meetings with students from the Learning Provision Team who are struggling to engage or cope with work
  • Socially distanced home visits
  • Wellbeing Wednesday – signposting resources and agencies to support students with their wellbeing and mental health
  • In-School Provision for vulnerable students

Please find below a range of links for help and information on safeguarding issues

You may also find a range of information and support on mental health and wellbeing issues here

Agency Contact Details Information Provided
Childline Website:

Childline | Childline

 

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us:

 

by calling 0800 1111

by email

through 1-2-1 counsellor chat

Whatever feels best for you.

Provides advice and support to young people on any issue they wish to discuss

 

Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

 

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you

NSPCC

 

Website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

 

Helplines:

Help for adults concerned about a child

Call us on 0808 800 5000

 

Help for children and young people

Call Childline on 0800 1111

 

Help for people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in education on 0800 136 663

Support and tips to help you keep children safe.

 

From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.

The Mix

Website:

The Mix – Essential support for under 25s

Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service.

Telephone :08088084994

One to One Chat

Crisis Messenger

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people.

They provide help and advice on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

Prevent

 

Website:

Prevent – Cumbria Constabulary

 

If parents feel that their child has been exposed or have any concerns about radicalisation.

 

Family Lives

Website:

https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/bullying/advice-for-parents

Helpline:

0808 800 2222

 

Give a range of advice for parents if their child is being bullied or if they suspect they are being bullied.
 
Online Safety
CEOP

Website:

CEOP Safety Centre

 

CEOP for Parents/Carers https://parentinfo.org/

 

How to Keep Kids Safe on YouTube [Full Guide 2022] (safetydetectives.com)

If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online let CEOP know.

CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.

UK Safer Internet Centre

 

Website:

Homepage – UK Safer Internet Centre

 

 

Provides a range of advice and guides on a range of online safety issues and advice on how to stay safe.
UK Safer Internet Centre

SEND advice pages

 

Website:

SEND – UK Safer Internet Centre

Provides a range topics and suggestions for starting and having discussions with young people with SEND about their online experiences.
National Online Safety Website:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

 

Provides a range of online guides for parents on a variety of online platforms and other cyber issues
Think u know?

Website:

CEOP Education (thinkuknow.co.uk)

CEOP education programme

They provide a range resources and information on how to protect yourself online.

Resources are provided for parents and for different age groups of children.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. The Whitehaven Academy engages with this scheme.

https://www.operationencompass.org/

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) in 2019.

https://www.cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/LSCB/contact/default.asp

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