Freebrough Academy is Committed to Safeguarding Children
Please click here to view our full Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
We recognise that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the students in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended Academy activities. In order to achieve this, all members of staff (including volunteers and governors) in this Academy, in whatever capacity, will at all times act proactively in child welfare matters especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm.
Our teaching of personal, social and health education citizenship, as part of the National Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children, and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them (e.g. ‘stranger danger’ and ‘internet safety’).
We recognise that abuse and neglect can result in underachievement. We strive to ensure that all our children make good educational progress.
Freebrough Academy seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. The Academy hopes that parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see the Academy as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home.
Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff.
In our Academy, if we have suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being is being, or is likely to be, harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action in accordance with the procedures issued by Redcar and Cleveland Local Safeguarding Children Board.
The Assistant Principals/Heads of School are designated Nominated Persons for Child Protection for students in their small school:
Mrs. H Porter
Mr. D Forteath
Mr. R Donnison
Mr. J Hukin
Pastoral Leaders are designated Deputy Nominated Persons for Child Protection for students in their small school:
Mr. L Bateman
Mrs. A Holmes
Mrs. A Douglas
Miss. L Vodden
How We Identify Visitors and Staff in the Academy
Any adult who is in the Academy during school hours MUST be identified by a coloured lanyard with ID tag. Students should inform the nearest member of staff immediately if they see an adult without one.
We use the following colours:
All members of staff: Blue lanyard
Visitors with DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance: Green lanyard
Visitors without DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance: Red lanyard and must be accompanied by a member of staff at all times.
Governors: Yellow lanyard
ParentInfo has been developed by Parentzone in collaboration with CEOP, to provide high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. It also includes important advice on how best to keep children safe whilst online.
NSPCC Share Aware
NSPCC has launched a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.
The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across.
The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.
There is also a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children.
We hope the campaign will help parents talk to their children about staying safe online, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites safer for children.
E-Safety Tips for Parents
UK Safer Internet Centre – Facebook Advice on Security & Privacy
Here at Freebrough Academy we do everything we can, to ensure our students stay safe when using the Internet.
We take E-Safety very seriously and in support of this, we are encouraging our staff and students to make use of the help and advice provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
The link below will take you to their Facebook Advice and Support page, which will provide links to the most up to date information on how to secure your Facebook account, manage privacy settings, block users and much more.
The Internet is a wonderful resource for students to learn and explore, but we need to make sure that they can do this as safely as possible. So providing them with the tools to help them be as safe as they can be when using such social networks, is most important.
Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2016 – Parent Resources