If you have a concern about a pupil or you receive information that leads you to be concerned that a pupil has been harmed or is at risk of harm or their welfare is being compromised please contact Ms Cavanagh, Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead using the safeguarding mobile number: 07519 738 760. The safeguarding mobile is available to report concerns from 7.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday during term time (outside of those hours, if the concern is of a medical nature the pupil should be taken to A&E, non medical concerns should be reported directly to the local authority Single Point of Access (SPA) Team, contact details can be found using this online tool: Reporting Abuse to your local council).
The Kingston Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs, those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
We take the welfare of our pupils across all aspects of their life very seriously. We have an extensive network of support in school and a variety of ways pupils can access the help that they need. We have regular sessions in schools to signpost children to this help and to develop their understanding of their rights.
The school pays full regard to DfES guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018‘. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including volunteers and staff employed by contractors. Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job. It also includes undertaking in-depth interviews and conducting DBS checks.
You can access our Safeguarding Policy via the following link: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy April 2019
Keeping safe online is a vital part of safeguarding the pupils of The Kingston Academy. We have an extensive Chrome Code and Acceptable Use of ICT Agreement that pupils must adhere to in their use of ICT devices on the premises and at home.
If you are looking for advice on how to keep your child safe online, or you wish to report an inappropriate online incident involving your child, you may access the National Crime Agency’s CEOP website through the link below:
All staff at The Kingston Academy are required to undertake the online Prevent training programme. You can read more about this here: Prevent Guidance 2015