The Bridges Federation

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Statement – Our Academies aim to work in close partnership with parents to support the children in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all our academies to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the academy, or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we are required to refer such matters to the appropriate Children’s Services, in line with Government and Norfolk County Council policy.

We is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Consequently all adults working in our academies are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Enhanced Police Check.

It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Heads of School to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Heads of School risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Heads of School to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Head of School was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.” You can discuss concerns about your child with your child’s class teacher but if you have concerns about another child you can contact the following designated staff in our academies:

Contact details Senior Designated Professional

Head of School – Mrs Louise Arrowsmith: Magdalen Academy 01553 810326 and Wimbotsham & Stow Academy 01366 382336

Head of School – Miss Susannah Hayes: 01553 617246 St Germans Academy and Magdalen Academy 01553 810326

Alternate SDP

Mrs Toni Clarkstone: Magdalen Academy 01553 810326, St Germans Academy 01553 617246 or Wimbotsham & Stow Academy 01366 382336

Mrs Hilary Tutin: Wimbotsham & Stow Academy 01366 382336

Named Safeguarding Governor Mrs Robyn Press Chair of LIT

Useful Links Children and parents may also find it useful to look at these sources of information related to E Safety:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.ceop.gov.uk

http://parents.vodafone.com/

Useful link on child abuse:

NSPCC Child Abuse

Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download here:

M, St G & W&S Safeguarding Policy Oct 2019

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