Our Commitment to Safeguarding at James Elliman Academy
‘James Elliman Academy prides itself on being committed to maintaining a positive culture of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. As a school, it is expected that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.’
All staff members at James Elliman Academy have annual Level 1 safeguarding training and have been fully briefed in the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory documentation.
Staff members are also trained specifically in the following:
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. The wellbeing and safety of the children remains at the heart of what we do and this means that we are vigilant of the things we see and hear from children that might indicate they or others are at a risk of significant harm or have been exposed to long term harm.
Safer Recruitment Practices and Procedures
At James Elliman we are committed to the safer recruitment practice and procedure. Safer recruitment is a set of practices to help make sure staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children and young people. It's a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment, and making a commitment to keep children safe from harm. The DSL, DDSLs and Governor for Safeguarding are all fully trained in Safer Recruitment Practices At James Elliman Academy.
For further information of our safer recruitment practices please see our Child Protections Policy and Procedures
In most instances any concern that has been ascertained will be discussed with you as the parent/carer. We understand that these can at times be difficult conversations however, we will raise matters with you to ensure that your child’s wellbeing and safety remains at the forefront. It is important to us at James Elliman Academy, that we are able to have open and honest conversations and work together to support your child.
In certain circumstances following discussions within the Designated Safeguarding Team, we will share the proposed concerns in accordance with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures. This means that we will communicate with the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at Slough Children First. The MASH team supports schools by reviewing information shared and deciding on the best course of action to safeguard a child. In some instances, where children are seen to be in immediate risk or have been exposed to significant harm, we may have to contact MASH without having spoken to you first and gained your agreement.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk of harm. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
Our Safeguarding Team
While safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, James Elliman Academy has five dedicated members of The Safeguarding Team who are trained to an advanced level in child protection and safeguarding.
At James Elliman, our Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Sandra Hopkinson.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child please contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads, alternatively please share your concerns through your child’s class teacher who will liaise with the appropriate staff members.
Wider Safeguarding Support
National Online Safety
At James Elliman Academy, staff, children, parents and carers have access to National Online Safety. This platform provides us with training and resources to help educate children, and their families, on how to keep safe online. If you are a parent or carer, and you have not yet signed up, then please do so using this link
You can download the app following these links:
Alternatively, search for ‘National Online Safety’ in the App Store/Google Play Store.
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Safeguarding in the curriculum
Safeguarding in planning
Our year teams build links to safeguarding into the curriculum through their unit overviews. This allows for safeguarding to be woven into the children’s learning to help them increase their own awareness on how to keep safe.
Safeguarding in assembly
Our weekly assemblies deliver a ‘Safety First’ message to the children to help develop their understanding of how to keep safe at home, in school and in the wider community.
TEAM TEACH Training
At James Elliman we ensure that children have high quality support if they are in crisis, and when the usual support strategies are not effective. We have a team of specially trained staff who can support any child in crisis through positive handling strategies. Please see the Positive Handling Policy for more information.
Our Policies Related to Safeguarding and Child Protection