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.
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.