Cherry Orchard Primary Academy


Safeguarding Statement

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and students) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Cherry Orchard Primary Academy recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the academy that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Our ‘Child Friendly’ Pledge to keep children safe at COPA

“Cherry Orchard is our school and we want it to be a safe place!  The adults in Cherry Orchard will do everything they can to make sure you are protected and happy.  To help them do this, they have lots of rules to follow.  This pledge helps you understand what Safeguarding means to you and to help you decide what could be a ‘ problem’ and who you should talk to. 

The adults in school think that Safeguarding means that they should:

  • Protect you from harm
  • Make sure nothing stops you being healthy or developing properly
  • Make sure you are safely looked after
  • Make sure you have the best life chances and can grow up happy and successful

The agree that to make sure they look after you they will:

  • Make the school a friendly, welcoming and supportive place to spend time in somewhere you want to be
  • Be there for you to talk to if you need to and know who to ask for help
  • Give you safe messages in your lessons to help you learn how to look after yourself both online and in the real world
  • Have all the right rules in place to help look after you.  They will follow these rules all of the time (these are sometimes called Policies)”

What is abuse?

Any form of neglect, physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to harm or injury.  It can happen to any child regardless of their age, gender, race or ability.

What is discrimination?

When people receive less favourable treatment on any grounds which cannot be justified.  This covers race, ethnic or national origin, language, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, disability, social class, responsibility for other dependent or where the person lives.

What is bullying?

A wilful, conscious attack on the self-esteem or the person or an individual student.  It includes jibes, name-calling, silence/exclusion from the social circle, emphasising different, threatening behaviour, raciall/sexual harassment, extortion and physical attack.  It may vary in severity, frequency and in the numbers of people involved. 

People working in school are uniquely placed to notice signs and symptoms of abuse and to support children who are subject to abuse or living in abusive situations.

Worried about a Child?

If you believe that a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call the Academy, or call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

Our safeguarding personnel as at September 2019 are as follows:

DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead: Julie Forsythe

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Sheena Williams, Rachel Pilcher, Nadine Bill, Sandra Foxwell

Child Looked After Coordinator: Julie Forsythe

Online Safeguarding Officers: Sandra Foxwell (DSL) Sabina Borthwick

Person responsible for children with medical conditions: Sheena Williams

Most children generally enjoy a happy childhood experience within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not always the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.

Digital Age

At Cherry Orchard Primary Academy we seek to embrace the digital age by creating responsible digital citizens.  As we move forward the Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our older children are beginning to use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’ at home.  Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time, so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely.

Many children are unaware of the risks;  for example the danger of having online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.

Our programme of online safety guides your child through the benefits and dangers of having a virtual presence.  Through assemblies, dedicated internet safety programmes and bespoke action days we actively prepare your child to be a responsible digital citizen.  It is imperative that we all have a role to play in keeping pupils safe online.  If you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact our Online Safeguarding Oficer for advice and guidance or report it to CEOP (Child exploitation and Online protection Centre).

What Parents can do:

 Spot Abuse

You may be concerned about a child or young person. You may or may not know them, or even their name. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse and even emotional abuse.

Take Responsibility

Don’t assume that someone else will take responsibility and make that phone call. You could help to save a child’s life. If you are worried, report it!

Please contact Specialist Children’s Services or the Police immediately:

Kent Central Duty Team:   Telephone: 03000 411111    Fax: 03000 412345

Emergency Out of Hours:  Telephone: 03000 419191     E-mail:

Kent Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit:  01622 690 690

If you need to advise us of a child or young person moving into Kent from another area, please contact the Safeguarding Unit on:   01622 694157