Chase Terrace Academy has a commitment to safeguard all students within school and the wider community.
Our purpose, aims and governing principles of safeguarding are to ensure that we are:
- committed to developing a robust culture of vigilance;
- building resilience, raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues and equipping children with the language and skills needed to keep themselves safe;
- establishing a safe environment, in which children can learn and develop within an ethos of openness, treating each other with respect, feeling safe, having a voice and being listened to;
- supporting vulnerable students, including those who have been abused, have witnessed violence towards others or may be vulnerable to abuse
- preventing unsuitable people from working with children, ensuring safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and maintaining active vigilance thereafter.
We follow the procedures set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTTSC) (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) (2020) by:
- knowing that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, and that the voice of the child should be evident;
- protecting children and young people from maltreatment;
- establishing a safe environment, in which children can learn and develop, within an ethos of openness;
- preventing the impairment of children and young people’s mental and physical health and development;
- ensuring that that children and young people grow up in circumstances that are consistent with the provisions of safe and effective care;
- offering children and young people a balanced curriculum, including coverage of Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), online safety and sexting;
- enhancing children’s safeguarding skills and knowledge, whilst understanding the risks involved;
- understanding that no single professional can have the full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and that everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action;
- undertaking their roles in such a way as to enable children and young people to have the best outcomes possible;
- ensuring that there is a clear understanding of safeguarding skills and knowledge across the staff team – embedding a safeguarding culture, through clear systems of communication and through continuous professional development (CPD), so that safeguarding is a robust aspect of provision.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss J Hayburn
- Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs D Thombs
- Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs S Baird
- Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mr J Cain
If you have a concern that any student is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact school reception as soon as possible and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Alternatively you can contact the police on 101 or children’s services for Staffordshire on 0800 1313 126 or Walsall on 0300 555 2866.
During weekends and holidays, if you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person please use the contact details below:
First Response (Monday- Friday 8am-5pm) 0800 1313 126
Emergency Out of Hours (Evenings and Weekends) 0345 604 2886
Abuse – Bullying and Cyberbullying.
Advice for parents on how to keep children safe.
For Mental Health support, please visit the CAMHS Self Help Website