Safeguarding

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The Senior Designated Person for Safeguarding is:
Mr Ed Gittins (Interim Head of School)

In his absence the Designated Person is:
Mrs Jo Ford (Assistant Head Teacher) and Mrs Karen Williams (SENDco)

The Nominated Governor for safeguarding children is:
Mr Chris Taylor

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. Please see the Policies section of our website to view the safeguarding policy which goes into further detail.

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 pupils 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. Our Academy has a legal duty to refer cases causing concern to the relevant authorities.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school, please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officers.

Online Safety

All children have the right to benefit from the exciting opportunities that a connected world can bring to them. However, the digital world continues to develop and change at great speed, which makes it all the more important for children to be educated in Internet Safety.

At Phoenix Academy, we are committed to providing children with the knowledge they need to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour. Throughout our curriculum, children are given the opportunity to develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

Internet Safety is an essential life skill that children need to approach with confidence. We therefore appreciate the support of parents, carers and other responsible adults to ensure that online environments remain as safe as possible.

The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet is to engage in conversation; we teach our pupils that they must speak to a trusted adult if they ever need any support. We also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to ensure that children are supervised at home at all times, especially when accessing the internet and gaming platforms.

Below you can find a variety of resources available to support the conversation around Internet Safety at home:

–         Talking about life online
–         Parents Guide to Technology
–         Talking to your children about online safety

PREVENT STRATEGY

As part of Phoenix Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent StrategyAs part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. This is included as part of th KS2 curriculum and training is completed annually for staff.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at Phoenix Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hatewebsite by the DfE.

Further details are also available in the STEP Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation and British Values Policy

Local Authority Contacts
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):Amanda Glover
01323 466606 OR 07825 782793
amanda.glover@eastsussex.gov.uk

East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
Chair: Reg Hooke01273 481544
lscbcontact@eastsussex.gov.uk
Address: East Sussex County Council, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes
East Sussex, BN7 1SG

Child Protection & Child in Need referrals
SPOA – Single Point of Advice
01323 464222
019.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk OR
0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gcsx.gov.uk

Emergency Duty Service – Children’s Services (East Sussex County Council)01273 335905/6

For CAMHS referrals and advice contact:CAMHS, Highmore, Western Road, Hailsham
East Sussex, BN27 3DY
Tel: 01323 446070
Fax: 01323 446074

Early Help Keywork ServiceRing SPOA then ask for the Early Help case worker assigned to the child.

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