At Keeble Gateway Academy, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.
"Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Schools should work with social care, the police health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm." Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
This applies to teaching staff, teaching assistants, non-teaching staff, premises staff, Governors, volunteers and anyone else who is responsible for, or is in contact with, children in our Academy.
At Keeble, our aim is to safeguard and promote our children's welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate.
The children's welfare is of paramount importance. Keeble fully recognises the contribution it can make to protecting children and supporting children throughout their education.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Hannah Burrell
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Nikkie Beniams, Emma Roberts
DSL for Elevate Multi Academy Trust: Nigel Ashley CEO
Safeguarding Trustee: Alison Smith
These key people are the point of contact for parents, staff, voluntary helpers and all other adults involved in the Academy who have concerns about a child’s safety. Our Executive Head teacher will ensure that these staff members have appropriate time and resources made available to them to enable them to fulfil their duties in this sensitive area.
Integral to Elevate Multi Academy Trust (Elevate) and its Academies values and vision is that our children, staff and families are at the heart of everything we do. One of the ways we accomplish this is by each and every person in the Trust being committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children.
Elevate and its Academies strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff throughout the Trust.
In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020/2021 and other safeguarding legislation and DFE resources, Elevate has implemented policies and procedures which empowers its Academies to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, including tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with robust recording and monitoring processes.
Ofsted’s Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, May 2019 defines safeguarding as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
‘When inspecting safeguarding, inspectors will need to use their professional judgement about the extent to which arrangements in a setting are having a positive impact on the safety and welfare of children and learners. ‘
The aim of the Trust is to achieve and sustain this.
Recruitment: To promote a safe environment for children, Elevate and its Academies employ a strict selection and recruitment policy and process which includes statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks, barred list checks and if appropriate, s.128 checks.
From the moment a person joins Elevate they receive training appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities. Thereafter, they continue their training and support from Elevate and outside agencies. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and recorded by the DSL.
Any concerns are passed through the DSL and DDSL, in line with HM ‘sharing of information’ guidance July 2018. The Trust is also informed and kept updated. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure they are followed up appropriately.
Attendance: Children’s attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents or carers, North Yorkshire or Leeds Prevention Service, Social Care and the Academy Safeguarding team. Elevate and its Academies work effectively with other agencies and parents or carers when necessary to safeguard the children.
Educating Children about Safeguarding: Children are taught on line safety and safeguarding in an age appropriate way through opportunities raised in our broad and diverse curriculum, extra-curricular activities, PSHCE and assemblies. This allows children the chance to experience life, acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on their personal development, behaviour and well being. This includes ensuring children know where to go for help.
If you have any serious concerns about your child, another child or a member of staff at any of Elevate’s Academies please do not hesitate to contact the Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). They will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
The Trustees are ultimately responsible for the safeguarding of the Trust. They have delegated certain responsibilities to the local governing bodies (LGB).
Both ensure: that the policies, procedures and training in Elevate and its Academies are effective and comply with the law.
: that all required policies relating to safeguarding are in place and that this Child Protection and Safeguarding policy reflects statutory and local guidance and is reviewed at least annually.
The DSL takes lead responsibility for managing child protection referrals, leads safeguarding training and raising awareness of all child protection policies and procedures, ensures that everyone in the Academy (including temporary staff, volunteers and contractors) is aware of these procedures and that they are followed at all times; acts as a source of advice and support for other staff (on child protection matters); ensures that timely referrals to the Customer Contact Centre/LADO are made in accordance with current procedures and works with the Local Authority and other agencies as required.
Related Policy Areas:
This statement is part of a coherent to approach to safeguarding children in our Academies and a number of other policies are either in existence or under development that support its’ implementation including:
- Attendance Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Code of Conduct for Employees
- EVC and Off-site Educational Visits
- First Aid
- Health & Safety
- Intimate Care
- On line Safety
- Photography, Video, Internet Usage
- Positive Handling (RPI);
- Supporting Children with Medical Conditions
- Safe Recruitment and Selection Policy
- Searching Screening and Confiscation
These policies can be found on the website.
If you are concerned about the safety of your child, or a child you know, you should act without delay.
At Keeble Gateway Academy we aim to establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
We recognise that for children, clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps prevention. All class teachers ensure that children know they can be approached at any time if children in their care are worried or in difficulty.
In line with our Anti-Bullying policy, the children are taught that all bullying behaviour is unacceptable, regardless of who bullies, how it is delivered or what reasons are given to justify bullying actions.
In line with our On line policy, children are taught how to keep themselves safe when using technology.
Further advice and information can be found at:
Opportunities for children to talk about their feelings and emotions are provided regularly during RE lessons and also through our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) curriculum when issues such as bullying and keeping safe are planned and discussed in class in order to equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse.
Assemblies and focus weeks are regularly used to reinforce these issues. Each class has a ‘worry box’ where children are able to write down and ‘post’ to the adults in their class any concerns that they have in school or at home.
The qualified Paediatric First Aiders at Keeble Gateway Academy are:
Miss Hannah Burrell
Miss Terri-Lee Edwards
Mrs Ginna Strudwick
Miss Ellie Hunter
The Health and Safety representatives at Keeble Gateway Academy are:
Mrs Nikkie Beniams ( Executive Head teacher)
Miss Hannah Burrell ( Assistant Head teacher)
Mrs Ginna Strudwick ( Administrative Assistant)
All staff receive and be able to access Child Protection training relevant and appropriate to their role through our induction process, staff meetings, INSET and Local Authority Child Protection courses. This will include training in procedures to follow, signs to note and appropriate record keeping. All staff, whether paid or unpaid, have access to appropriate training so that they are able to react appropriately should an incident occur. All staff will be trained to recognise and respond to situations where a child may be considered to be at risk.
Keeble Gateway Academy will ensure that all of these key adults attend regular training relevant to their role. The Governors will receive Child Protection training in line with their role. Temporary staff will be made aware of this policy through notices throughout the Academy, information guidelines and the staff handbook. Likewise, visitors, volunteers, placement students and all adults working with the children will be made aware of the policy.
If your child is being bullied, we will follow our anti-bullying policy procedures to stop it. It is very important that your child understands that we need to know it is happening because bullying will not stop if it is kept secret. If there is a serious complaint, for example violence or persistent bullying, please see the Executive Head teacher.
Otherwise, speak to the relevant member of staff first. If you do not wish to speak to the member of staff or the issue is not resolved, discuss the complaint with the Executive Head teacher. If you feel the resolution is inadequate, follow Elevate's complaint procedure.
Where it is believed that a child is suffering from, or is at risk of, significant harm, we will follow the procedures set out in Elevate's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. Any action we take will be in the interests of the child.If an allegation is made against a member of staff, please inform the Executive Head teacher. In the absence of the Executive Head teacher it should be reported to the Assistant Head teacher (unless the allegation is against the Assistant Head teacher). If an allegation is made against the Head teacher, please follow Elevate's complaints procedure.
At Keeble Gateway Academy, we recognise that schools do not operate in isolation. For this reason, every effort will be made to maintain positive working relationships with all staff, parents and colleagues from other agencies to ensure that positive lines of communication are maintained and that we are all working together for the protection of the children in our care.