Aspire strives to ensure every student is safe and protected from harm. Aspire believes this is a shared responsibility, reliant upon effective collaborative working between agencies and professionals. Aspire fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting other agencies in doing so; promoting the welfare of all.
The focus of Safeguarding within Aspire is prevention, protection and support. Aspire recognises that children sometimes suffer abuse from those responsible for caring and protecting them. Abuse can take place within any socio-economic group, it can occur at home or within institutions such as schools.
How it works within the Academy
When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our Academy they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place and appropriate checks carried out.
All new appointments are made with a member of staff certified by the DfE in ‘Safer Recruitment in Education’. Every new member of staff or volunteer will have an induction period including the training in essential safeguarding information.
All regular visitors and volunteers to Aspire are told where our policy can be accessed. They are provided with a set of safeguarding procedures. This policy is referred to in our Academy prospectus and parents are reminded about it through Academy communications. The policy is revisited and updated and amended when necessary.
When new students join our school, all parents and carers are informed that we have a safeguarding policy. This is available as a hard copy to parents should they request a copy. You can request a hard copy by contacting Claire Boyton or Maxine Lane at Aspire. An electronic copy can be found in ‘About’, under ‘Academy Policies’.
Throughout their time at the Academy, students are supported in keeping themselves safe in a number of ways, including by their tutor, by Student Liaison Officers and teaching / support staff. Students also have access to a Mental Health Nurse and a Psychotherapist. Students know who they can talk to and regularly seek out support when needed. Many external agencies also support our students and visit them regularly in the Academy.
The Children’s Act 1989, section 27 and 47, and the Children’s Act 2004 state that: it is the duty of the schools to act “…to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: ‘Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health and development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking this role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.’
Effective child protection is essential to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All agencies should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
CSE occurs when a child or young person or another person, receives ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of the child or young person performing sexual activities, or another person performs sexual activities on a child or young person.
The presence of any significant indicator for sexual exploitation should trigger a referral to the Children’s Social Care Assess & Assessment team.
- Having a relationship of concern with a controlling adult or young person (this may involve physical and/or emotional abuse and/or gang activity)
- Entering and/or leaving a vehicle driven by an unknown adult
- Possessing unexplained amounts of money, expensive clothes, or other items.
- Frequenting areas known for risky activities.
- Being groomed or abused via the internet and mobile technology and,
- Having unexplained contact with hotels, taxi companies, and fast food outlets.
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)
Child criminal exploitation occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. Child Criminal Exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. Criminal exploitation of children… includes for instance children forced to work on cannabis farms or to commit theft. It is often linked to County Lines drugs networks and gang activity.
Radicalisation and Extremist Behaviour
At Aspire Academy we assist our children to become more resilient to the messages of violent extremists through creating an environment where all young people learn to understand others, value and appreciate diversity and develop skills to be able to debate. Through the balanced curriculum we offer we will help young people to learn and explore the values of different faiths in cultures.
Where a member of staff has concerns regarding radicalism or extremist behaviour, a cause for concern form should be completed on the academy CPOMS system. Alternatively, the member of staff, or the Child Protection Co-ordinator will refer the concern to Humberside Police. A referral should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academy staff can play an important role in preventing self-harm and also supporting students, peers and parents currently engaging in self-harm.
Any member of staff who is aware of a student engaging in or suspected of being at risk of engaging in self- harm should always consult with the Child Protection Co-ordinator or Designated Safeguarding Lead. Students need to be made aware that it may not be possible for staff to offer complete confidentiality. If you consider a student is a serious risk of harming themselves then confidentiality cannot be kept.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This is against the law yet for some communities it is considered a religious act and cultural requirement. It is illegal for someone to arrange for a child to go abroad with the intention of having her circumcised. If any of the above areas of concern is brought to the attention of Aspire Academy we will report those concerns to the appropriate agency in order to prevent this form of abuse taking place.
Who to contact?
The Child Protection Coordinator at Aspire Hull is Claire Boyton (Vice Principal).
The Child Protection Coordinator for the Aspire ARC programme is Anouska Gardner (Vice Principal).
Claire Boyton and Anouska Gardner can be contacted by either calling Aspire Academy directly or by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where there are concerns for the welfare of a student within the Academy, these must be communicated immediately to the designated child protection coordinator. If concerns relate to a child being at risk of significant or immediate harm, the police should be called on 999.
If the designated child protection coordinator is unavailable concerns must be communicated to Maxine Lane.
You may also find the following websites useful:
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk
Child line – www.childline.org.uk
Barnardos – www.barnardos.org.uk
For our Safeguarding Policy please see our ‘About’ tab.
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