The Whitehaven Academy (TWA) recognises that the welfare and safeguarding of its students is a priority. According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined 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.

If there are concerns at any time then staff have a duty to inform the Designated Person for Safeguarding – Child Protection.

In this academy the designated people are:

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Mr G Trewhitt, Assistant Headteacher
T: 01946 595439

gtrewhitt@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers

Mrs K Lunn, Student Provision Officer, Years 11, 12 & 13, klunn@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

Mr L Black, Student Provision Officer, Years 9 & 10, lblack@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

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
Email: gcreighton@cumbriaeducationtrust.org

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 9-9.15am

·         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

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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