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.
“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:
The agree that to make sure they look after you they will:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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