Safeguarding: Policies and Key Information
The Safeguarding Team:
Mrs Janelle Ransley – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Stephen Nunn - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Caroline Comber - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Natalie Guthrie – Safeguarding Administrator
Mr Paul Basham – Safeguarding Governor
At Hamilton Academy, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously, what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your children achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes check on the suitability of all adults working in school, including temporary staff, extended service providers, regular volunteers and Governors, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is a member of the senior management team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis. In addition and in accordance to fulfilling our statutory duty to the children in our school, there are a further three members of staff trained as Safeguarding Leads.
There are occasions that our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
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 decision can only be made in collaboration with partner agencies. This would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk of harm or it is felt that the level of risk to the child would be increased or that evidence of a crime could be lost.
The procedures, which we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please contact the school office. The Child Protection Policy may be found on the school’s website: www.hamiltonacademy.org.uk
If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child, you can do any of the following:
Contact a member of the Hamilton Academy Safeguarding Team on 01494 437317 (Hampden Road) or 01494 522231 (Priory Road)
Call First Response on: 01296 383962 (out of hours 0800 9997677). They are able to offer you guidance and advice.
If you think it is an emergency then call 999 immediately.