Caistor Yarborough Academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to keeping children safe and supporting the pupils in its care. There are four main elements to Caistor Yarborough Academy’s Child Protection Policy:
- Prevention (positive school atmosphere, careful and vigilant teaching, pastoral care, support to pupils, providing good adult role models and the identification of early and additional support/services to children and families and recognising and reducing risks to children including harassment, bullying, victimisation, sexual violence and sexual harassment, exploitation, radicalisation and issues such as Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.)
- Protection (following agreed procedures, ensuring all staff respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns and that every member of staff has regular training and updates at least annually and are supported to refer their concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead Becky Edlin or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Children’s Service’s Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111 directly IF NECESSARY. In certain specific cases such as Female Genital Mutilation (Mandatory reporting of FGM from October 2015), Radicalisation or Forced Marriage there are SPOCS/named teams and individuals within the police who can be contacted).
- Reconsideration (following and challenging the progress of new referrals and existing cases to ensure that individual cases are reconsidered if there remains no improvement to a child’s circumstances).
- Support (to pupils and school staff and to children who may be vulnerable due to their individual circumstances).
All staff have the added responsibility of recognising that there may be children with additional vulnerability who remain at higher risk of harm or abuse because of their existing vulnerability. All school and college staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who:
- is disabled and has specific additional needs
- has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Education, Health and Care Plan)
- is a young carer
- is showing signs of being drawn in to anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
- is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home
- is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
- is at risk of being radicalised or exploited
- is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues and domestic abuse
- is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
- has returned home to their family from care
- is a privately fostered child
All staff have a responsibility to recognise child abuse, neglect and peer on peer abuse in its many forms. Additional guidance on how our school supports the following areas of additional need or harm are provided in the hyperlinked documents in Appendix 1 of this Child Protection Policy and includes the full list taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 pages 89-91.
Broadly the areas taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019 Annex A, include
- Children in the court system
- Children missing from education
- Children with family members in prison
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Child Criminal Exploitation – County Lines
- Domestic Abuse
- So called ‘Honour Based Violence’ inclusive of Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage and practises such as Breast Ironing.
- Preventing Radicalisation
- Peer on Peer Abuse
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
- Additional advice and support
In the event of any of the above issues being recognised, information should be shared directly with the Designated Safeguarding Leads which will result in the situation being recorded, evaluated and support offered in school or the pupil/s being referred to specific services.
This policy applies to Caistor Yarborough Academy’s whole workforce and staff receive Safeguarding and Prevent Training.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Mrs Becky Edlin – Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assistant Headteacher Wellbeing, Behaviour and Safety
Also on our Safeguarding Team are:
Mrs Jo Biglands – Deputy Headteacher
Mr Simon Chadwick – Assistant Headteacher
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Becky Edlin or, if she is not available, another member of the safeguarding team.
Please note that for concerns around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) you must go straight to the police.
If it is a concern about a member of staff, please speak to the Headteacher Mr Mark Midgley.
If you have a concern about the Headteacher, you must contact the Chair of Governors Mr Mark Rushby. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Mrs Bridie Rippin by phone Tel:01472 855904 or by email Bridie.Rippin@cyac.org.uk
We have also introduced a further level of security when you contact school with a message for your child. Once you give us the message, we reserve the right to call you back using a phone number from the Academy database in order to verify your identity. If we are unable to make contact, we will not pass on the message and your child will be supervised at school until we do hear from you. This reinforces the need for you to keep all contact details up to date. This can be done through MyChildatSchool (MCAS).
At present we permit students to bring mobile phones to school as long as they are turned off. We feel that for some students, a mobile phone ensures a greater safety on the journey to and from school. However, it is vital that mobile phones are switched off and safely in a bag. Data watches too should be disconnected from the phone. Therefore we ask that you do not contact your child by their mobile phone during the school day as they will not be able to access the message. Please ring the Academy with any message as previously stated. Likewise, your child should not contact you by mobile phone during school hours. We have pastoral staff available all day to support and the ARC (Assisted Re-Integration Centre) is always open and supervised in case of distress
Understanding the online ‘world’ and keeping your child safe.
At Caistor Yarborough Academy we want to make sure our students are safe and secure at school, at home and in the community. The importance of online safety and how to stay safe is addressed in lesson time however students often have access to the online world outside school. To help you keep your child safe the links below include valuable guidance and support for parents/carers and what to do if you have concerns.
#Stand up to Bullying
Bullying is an issue which affects people from all walks of life and can happen at any point.
33% of young people reported being bullied in 2014.
60% of public sector workers in the UK had either been bullied or had witnessed bullying.
Bullying exists in all walks of life and all places of work. It happens at events and activities where people meet.
Research confirms long-lasting and damaging outcomes for individuals being bullied, affecting things such as:
- attendance at work or school
- physical health
- mental health
To see the academy’s Anti-Bullying Policy click HERE
How to tell and get help in the Academy:
- tell any adult that you trust;
- speak to your Form Tutor;
- speak to your Progress Manager;
- speak to a member of the Student Leadership team;
- leave a note in the suggestion box at student reception;
- email Buddy@cyac.org.uk;
- ask a parent or carer to contact the academy.
Remember there is strength in numbers and the Caistor Yarborough Academy community are not BYSTANDERS
The academy took part in #OddSocks on Tuesday 12th November 2019 as part of Anti-bullying week.