The New Bridge Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and young people.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  Our Recruitment and Selection Policy  (currently under review) reflects this and is in line with Local SCB guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).

Safeguarding concerns are handled sensitively and professionally by appropriately trained, designated staff who are committed to supporting student well-being.

The safeguarding of our young people is of paramount importance to us, particularly taking into consideration their complex additional needs.  This means that sometimes their behaviours can be misunderstood and misinterpreted by those around them.  We work closely as a team which includes our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), specialist SALTs (Speech and Language Therapists), Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologist and a range of other specially trained staff.

Externally we liaise with a range of professionals including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), CYPS (Children and Young People’s Service), Health professionals and Children’s Services to ensure that our young people feel safe and are protected from harm.

Designated Officers

Nina McDougal Designated Safeguarding Lead
Beth Chadwick Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dave Rylance Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Brown

Ascent Safeguarding Trustee

Roy Patel

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy*Updated

Due to the re-issue of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in September 2016, our academy’s Child Protection policy has again been updated. Our Child Protection policy should be read in conjunction with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance – September 2016′ (see under useful links).

Information Sharing – Safeguarding

Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies

Information Sharing Protocol

Any queries or for more information, please contact Nina McDougal, Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Useful Links

Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance – September 2016 *New

Working Together to Safeguard Children

What to do if you think a child is being abused