Safeguarding and Prevent

Our first job is to ensure the safety of our children. Safeguarding is more than just 'keeping an eye'; it means being proactive in ensuring that the school community, in its entirety, operates in a way that ensures children are safe from harm and flourish, physically, emotionally and mentally. This does not mean that there should be complete avoidance of risk, indeed, understanding risk, quantifying it and being able to overcome it is a key part of learning. Obvious examples of this are outward bound activities.

Below are some key details and policies that help you understand how we go about safeguarding at West Ashton: Appointed person (to whom any incident should be reported):

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Debby Huxham (who is also the prevent coordinator)

Deputy Appointed Persons: Alex Blake-Thwaite

The Single Central Record that holds the details, particularly Disclosure and Barring Service checks is monitored weekly.

All staff are trained from Level 1 to Level 3 in Safeguarding.

The Child Protection and Safeguarding policies are in the policies section of this web site which can be accessed through the 'Parent Area' tab.

In the weekly staff briefing 'Safeguarding' is a recurrent agenda item, as it is at all Academy Council meetings.

We operate Safer Recruitment procedures and checks when appointing staff and volunteers, so that all adults within the school are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Please see our Policies tab for Safeguading Policy