Safeguarding at GSA
We want all students to feel safe and happy. So if you don’t feel safe, or you are worried about another student, you must speak to an adult you trust.
All staff are responsible for safeguarding in the academy and you can talk to any of them if you are worried about anything or you could add your concerns onto the SHARPs system.
The following staff are here to keep all members of the Academy safe and are responsible for ensuring all concerns are dealt with by the appropriate person.
Staying Safe this Summer
Staying safe this summer – Click here to download our advice for students PowerPoint presentation Staying Safe this Summer [pptx, 901 KB]
Hollie Guard App - Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. More information about the app and how to downloaded it can be found at www.hollieguard.com
Notice for students: SHARP system – Please be mindful that over the summer break this service is not monitored as frequently as it would be in school and therefore your request for help may not be picked up immediately. If you are after some advice and it cannot wait until you come back in September please call Childline free of charge 0800 11 11 or speak with an adult you trust.
Summer Activities: Advice for parents - For many of you the summer can be a time when you book your children into summer camps, activity days and child-care settings. It is important you feel comfortable with the staff who are taking responsibility for your child’s safety. Some of the questions you could ask include:
- Have staff and volunteers undertaken DBS checks? How recent were the checks?
- Will any adults besides the instructor be present at the venue while my child is there? If so, will they be there on a regular basis?
- What training have staff had?
- May I have a copy of your child protection policy?
- Who is your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and what training have they had? How recent was this training?
- My child has Special Educational Needs and / or a disability (SEND). What steps will you take to accommodate this?
- My child needs help with: using the toilet; changing; feeding; their medication, etc. How will these personal care needs be addressed?
- How are you securely storing the information you hold on my child? Who has access to it and are you giving it to anyone else?
- Is my child allowed to access the internet unsupervised?
- Do you have filtering and monitoring systems in place? What are they?
In addition to the questions to ask, some obvious signs might exist to indicate all is not well with the provider.There are:
- Staff are not DBS checked
- No child protection policy
- Signs of abuse on other children who attend the setting, for example, unexplained bruises
- Provider unable to name a designated safeguarding lead
- The designated safeguarding lead has not had relevant training
- If the OOSS allows children access to the internet, no filtering or monitoring systems in place
- Dangerous physical environment e.g. loose wires, damp, no fire escape, no first aid kit
- No designated first aider
- No parental consent form or requirement for emergency contact details
- Other adults coming into the out-of-school setting who are not staff members / a lack of clarity on the roles of different adults in the setting
- No health and safety policy
- No fire escape plan
Click here to download the full Safeguarding questions for parents and carers (DfE, 2018) [pdf, 233 KB] document.
Report abuse - click the button!
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. We help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you.
We are here to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to us if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.
If you make a report to us it will be read by one of our Child Protection Advisors who will get in contact with you on the phone number or email address that you give to us to make sure that you are safe. They will also discuss with you what will happen next. Please try not to worry, you have done nothing wrong and we will do all we can to help you.
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Safeguarding is a term which is broader than "child protection" and relates to the actions taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health and development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
As an Academy we take our role of safeguarding our staff and students very seriously. We believe the following resources and links will support you as a Parent / Carer to ensure we work together to keep your children safe.
George Salter Academy uses Impero Education Pro to actively protecting our students from a host of online dangers.
Through this comprehensive online safety monitoring, we are complying with the recent changes to the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.
- http://parentinfo.org/ Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like "how much sleep do teenagers need?"
- https://ceop.police.uk/ The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety.
- Working together to Safeguard Children (HM Government, 2018) [pdf 1.6 MB]
- Keeping Children safe in Education (DfE, 2019) [pdf, 798 KB]
- Children missing Education (DfE, 2016) [pdf, 830 KB]
- GSA Anti-Bullying Policy [pdf, 371 KB]
- GSA Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy [pdf, 419 KB]
- GSA Safeguarding Statement [pdf, 99 KB]
- GSA Radicalisation and Extremism Prevention Policy [pdf, 479 KB]