June 2021: LAUNCH of a new SAFEGUARDING app for students, parents and carers
Please see details (complete with instructions for downloading and ‘logging in’ as an OSA student or parent/carer) are available from these links
You will find our OAT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and the OAT Coronavirus Addendum to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy on the ‘Policies’ page of our website, here
(PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR LOTS OF ADDITIONAL LINKS TO USEFUL INFORMATION, WEBSITES AND NEWS ARTICLES TO HELP PARENTS/CARERS TO KEEP THEIR CHILD SAFE.)
Welcome to Ormiston Sudbury Academy safeguarding pages. It is intended that the links on these pages will be informative and useful to parents and carers with regard to many aspects of safeguarding and child protection. Within these pages are links to official documents, policies and government legislation around which our policies and practice are based. We aim to provide a safe environment where children feel able to discuss issues with us. Any action we may feel necessary, for example making a referral to the police or social services, will be in the best interests of the child whilst also working with parents and carers. We have also provided links to information about a variety of forms of abuse that are potential issues for young people.
There are also links to the tutor time and assembly session we conduct with students to raise their awareness of issues. As a staff body we keep up to date with national issues and take part in regular training, we also read about current issues weekly. Links to the articles we read around national issues are also available for you to read here and it’s important to mention that although some or all of these may or may not happen here at OSA, they could.
If you have a concern about a child please contact us and let us know about your concern, or use other forms of contact to other agencies if there is a more immediate concern.
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me at the Academy.
Mrs E Price
Vice Principal: Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes and DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
A few OSA-recommended sources of support for ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Wellbeing’
OSA ‘Early Help’
‘National Online Safety’ Guides and Advice for Parents
National issues being addressed at OSA, a library of types of abuse and what to do
Contact Important docs OSA Today articles In the news OSA Teaching Resources
Safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, is a broader term than Child Protection. It encompasses protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, and ensures children grow up in safe circumstances. Child Protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.