Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students in the academy. We recognise that there is no higher priority than student’s safety and well-being. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
As we are a new academy, it is vital to us that all members of the academy’s community see it as a safe place, and this extends to parents/carers. We have in place a range of policies and procedures to support our safeguarding commitment to ensure that students are safe and educated about safeguarding, staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy and staff are expertly trained to look out for any signs that a student is subject to harm.
Our culture of safeguarding:
- children and young people spend a large proportion of their lives in school therefore Cockburn Laurence Calvert is uniquely placed to play a central role in ensuring that students are protected from harm
- the academy’s primary responsibility is to facilitate learning and children are more likely to engage in the learning process and achieve their potential if they are safe and well
- children who feel supported, listened to and valued at home and in school will welcome the educational opportunities provided for them
- Cockburn Laurence Calvert will cater for children of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and abilities.
Our ability to safeguard will be evident on three levels-
Universal Safeguarding – this is our aim to keep all students safe by creating safe environments. This includes excellent site safety, safer recruitment of staff, strong school rules and codes of conduct and good safety awareness taught across the curriculum.
Targeted Safeguarding – this is our aim to focus on groups of students whose personal, social or economic circumstances may result in an increased risk to their safety. For example looked after children, students with special educational needs, children subjected to racism etc.
Responsive Safeguarding –this is our aim to respond quickly and appropriately to situations where students may be or have suffered harm. This is our support through our strong child protection procedures.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs N Menzer – Assistant Headteacher
The Role of the Safeguarding Lead ensures the following:
- All policies and procedures to safeguard staff and students are in place and are updated as appropriate.
- All staff/volunteers have read and understood the policies.
- All staff/volunteers understand and are confident with safeguarding procedures.
- All staff are aware about abuse in order to overcome barriers to students and young people reporting their concerns.
- Supporting staff/volunteers recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to concern.
- Providing detailed training on how to respond to concerns about abuse of children and young people and how to respond to children and young people making an allegation of abuse.
- Explaining ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
- Addressing specific issues such as, photography and images on the internet, supporting performers, physical contact, one-to-one coaching, journeys in cars, conduct on school trips.
- Providing support to staff, parents/carers and for confidential discussions about concerns.
- Co-ordinating arrangements for monitoring of students on roll who have been identified as being in need of protection.
- Working closely with other professionals with regards to referrals to social care and other external agencies.
Safeguarding Polices and useful websites
Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership
LSCP is independently chaired and consists of three key agencies who collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; the Local Authority (through Children and Families), Health (through NHS Leeds CCG Partnership) and West Yorkshire Police. https://www.leedsscp.org.uk/Home
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice
Advice, guidance and support. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
TikTok: what parents need to know https://parentinfo.org/article/tiktok-what-parents-need-to-know
Helpful links for parents, kids, teens and educators that cover a range of topics from body to mind. https://kidshealth.org/#catnutrition
MindMate is here to help young people in Leeds find help with their mental health and wellbeing. https://www.mindmate.org.uk/
Helping young people get the mental health support they need. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Leeds Young Carers Support Service
Identifying and supporting Young Carers in Leeds https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/leeds-young-carers-support-service/