Our Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs R LeCaplain (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss G Bell (SENCO)
Safeguarding Officer: Mr R Woodgate (Head of Sixth Form)
Safeguarding Governor Lead: Mrs C Latimer
St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the children in our academy and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. This means that we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our Academy please talk to one of the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
Alternatively, if you believe that a child or adult may be a victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty call:
· Children’s Safeguarding – 01522 782111 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
· Adults’ Safeguarding – 01522 782155 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
· or 01522 782333 (outside office hours)
You do not need to know everything about the situation. You may just be worried or feel that something is not right.
If you believe that a crime has been committed and there is an immediate risk of danger, call the police on 999 or 112. If there is no immediate danger, call the police on 101.
People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can use the police typetalk service on:
· 01522 558263
· 01522 558140
· 07761 911287
If you have a concern about domestic abuse, call EDAN Lincs on 01522 510041.
Useful External Links
· Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
· Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018
· The Prevent Duty
· Information sharing; advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people and carers
· FGM Mandatory Reporting
· What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused