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Green Oaks Primary Academy

Safeguarding

Key Staff and Contacts

     
Aaron Campion Deputy Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead acampion@greenoaksprimaryacademy.org
Amanda Dickens Deputy Principal & Deputy Safeguarding Lead dickens@greenoaksprimaryacademy.org

Charlotte Johnson

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

cjohnson@greenoaksprimaryacademy.org

Kirsty Clarke

Designated Safeguarding Lead kclarke@greenoaksprimaryacademy.org

Green Oaks 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. 

Sexual Abuse within Schools – Child on Child 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.

Working Together to Safeguard Children - December 2023 Statutory Guidance

We are aware that a new version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published in December 2023. Although our policies refer to the older version which was current at the start of the academic year we do of course comply with all the requirements of the new document.

Supporting parents and carers

Source: CSA Centre

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published a guide to help professionals provide a confident, supportive response to parents and carers when concerns about the sexual abuse of their child have been raised or abuse has been identified. The guide explains: the impact that sexual abuse has on the whole family; the importance of the role of the main care givers and wider family in supporting a child who has been abused; and the importance of the role of professionals to support parents and carers to support their child. The guide outlines how professionals can support parents effectively and includes advice on supporting parents and carers for professionals in particular roles and contexts.

Supporting Parents and Carers with Sexual Abuse.

For Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board – please click on link below:

http://northamptonshirescb.proceduresonline.com/index.html