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The Academy philosophy, vision and expectation on safeguarding is very clear. Every person connected with the Academy has a personal responsibility for the highest standards of safeguarding of our students. It doesn’t matter how you are connected to the Academy, as part of our community we all have a responsibility for safeguarding our students. The following groups all have equal responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding:
1. All Academy staff
2. All Academy students
3. All Academy parents/carers
4. All external agencies that engage with the academy and young people
5. All members of our local community
The safety and well-being of our students is our primary concern
The Academy takes the welfare and safety of students very seriously, working hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We strive to make sure that every student in the Academy feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.
The Academy understands and is committed to the vital contribution that all Governors, staff, parents and students can make to safeguarding children. Our curriculum is designed to create awareness in students of safeguarding issues and how to deal with them. Training of all staff in identifying, reporting procedures and dealing with such issues is regular and thorough.
We will continue to ensure that all our staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.
Our procedures comply with the letter and the spirit of guidance, regulation and best practice.
Our policies which contain further details can be found below.
Contacting the Safeguarding Team
Email contacts of the Safeguarding Team are available below but if you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please make immediate contact by telephone on 020 8623 1000 and be sure to make it clear that there may be a safeguarding issue.
If you believe that a child is in imminent danger please contact the police - dial 999.
The Academy Lead Designated Child Protection Officer is Mrs. R Simpson (Director of Learning Support) who can be contacted on email@example.com
The Deputy Lead Designated Child protection person is Ms. A Samad (Principal) who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact
Mrs. M Gavin (Student Support Manager) on email@example.com
Ms. J Hall (Student and Family Support Officer) on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. G Holden (Vice Principal) on email@example.com
Contacting Children’s Social Care
Safeguarding referrals can be made directly to Children's Social Care on the following numbers:
- Merton 020 8545 4226 / 4227
- Croydon 020 8426 6464
- Sutton 020 8770 4343 / 4943
- Lambeth 020 7926 7856 / 6583
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is John Shelly. There is a duty system and one of the CP Coordinators in Quality Assurance Unit is on duty each day to deal with LADO issues. Duty telephone number for all LADO enquiries/referrals is 020 8545 3179 or you may contact via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding our students
The safeguarding poster below is displayed in every classroom and key places around the Academy.
Safer Schools Police Officer
PC John Wylie is our Safer Schools Police Officer. His role here is to support the Academy and provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.
PC Wylie can be contacted by email at email@example.com or you can telephone him on 0208 623 1000.
PC Wylie manages S.H.A.R.P (School Help Advice Reporting Page) Students can use the link below to report any concerns directly to PC Wylie, they have choice to leave their name or write an anonymous concern and can report any incidents which occur within the school or local community.
Priorities and signposting
Although the Academy teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
If you have any concerns about your child's e-safety, there is always someone at the Academy who is available to talk to you. Simply call the school and ask for our Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Simpson, or speak to any member of staff.
The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented
Think You Know website - created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:
- Cyberbullying - what it is and what to do about it
- Keeping your child safe online - a checklist for parents and carers
- Facebook - parents' guide
- Online grooming - the risks children face online
- Accessing inappropriate websites
You can access the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre directly by visiting the CEOP website.
Other useful websites:
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice
www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.
www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware - the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks
www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd - an e-safety presentation from Childnet International
http://parentinfo.org/ - Advice for parents to keep children safe online
http://swgfl.org.uk/ - South West Grid for Learning Internet safety advice, training and resources
Radicalisation and Extremism
The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism.
The Academy has a designated, accredited Prevent Duty Lead who is Mrs R Simpson, the Lead Designated Child Protection Officer.
The Merton Prevent Police Officer is Matt Tarrant, he can be contacted through Merton MASH Team on 0208 545 4226/ 4227.
The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our Academy ethos.
1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
Harris Academy Merton opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Wellbeing and Mental Health
Harris Academy Merton aims to create a climate where children and adults understand the importance of well-being and supports all to have the best possible outcomes during their education. We recognise that we have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from issues which may arise surrounding mental health and self-injury.
Children who are mentally healthy have the ability to:
- develop psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually;
- initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships;
- use and enjoy solitude;
- become aware of others and empathise with them;
- play and learn;
- develop a sense of right and wrong; and
- resolve (face) problems and setbacks and learn from them
The Merton mental health Directory for young people can be found here and provides a list of local services.
Further information for young people in Merton can be found here: http://www.youngmerton.co.uk
http://thewishcentre.org.uk/ - Merton based charity self harm, violence, abuse and neglect.
https://youngminds.org.uk/- Advice on promoting positive mental health in young people
www.minded.org.uk – Mental Health advice
www.relate.org.uk- Mental health support for families
www.gires.orguk - Information and advice on gender identity
www.stonewall.org.uk - Support for LGBT young people, as well as families.
www.samaritans.org – Support available 24 hours a day