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:
They 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.
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