Woodvale Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment.
Safeguarding is what we do for all children to keep them safe whilst in our care. Child protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those children who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all staff in school are well-trained and know how to safeguard pupils effectively. Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointment to the school and when staff have concerns, they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place.
Woodvale Primary Academy Safeguarding Team
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mr Matthew Reetz
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Deputy DSLs) - Mrs Clare Ley, Mrs Suzanne Nicholas, Mrs Maggie Wheelhouse, Miss Kate Hillyard
Sexual Abuse within Schools – Peer on Peer Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour
Our position as a trust and within all our academies is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted and we remain committed to working openly and transparently with to promote mutual respect.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of peer on peer abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on individual academy websites.
All students are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.
The appropriate means for disclosing an allegation of abuse relating to another student is always to inform a member of the specific academy’s safeguarding team directly or a member of the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff, this must be sent to the Academy Principal or directly to the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. We will always act on concerns raised.
Links to Trust Policies:
External support is always available from:
· Childline on 0800 1111
· NSPCC on 0800 136663 or firstname.lastname@example.org