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.
Sexual Violence, Harassment and abuse in Educational Settings
The school is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all students. We achieve this through putting in place robust systems and procedures to manage any concerns reported. We respond immediately to any concerns raised and ensure that these are dealt with appropriately, sensitively and in a timely manner.
Students, parents and / or carers can report concerns by contacting a member of staff:
Claire Boyton can be contacted by either calling Aspire Academy directly or by emailing email@example.com
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 Safeguarding Lead is unavailable concerns must be communicated to Maxine Lane(Deputy DSL).
The NSPCC have set up a dedicated, confidential, helpline available to current or past victims of sexual violence or harassment, as well as parents, carers or professions with concerns.
The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is: 0800 136 663
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.