Safeguarding

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
Mick Harriott Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Patrick Tully Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Brown

Ascent Safeguarding Trustee

Roy Patel

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy

Our school CP policy is currently under its annual review. (September 2018) During this time our CP policy will be followed in conjunction with statutory guidance in ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of our pupils.

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Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies

Information Sharing Protocol

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

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next  school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience(ACE)

Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s

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Prevent Duty

Pamphlet for Parents

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Trinity Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.

As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.

Patrick Tully

Acting Head of School