Like all schools, Isca Academy has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of students under the Education Act 2002. We aim to create and maintain a safe learning environment for children and young people, and identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate. The school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance. Our policy and annexes will be reviewed annually, unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.
Child protection statement
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where students are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our internal procedures to ensure that students receive effective support, protection and justice.
Child Protection and safeguarding procedures apply to all staff, volunteers and governors and any adult visiting the school site and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB). Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
Our school Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be read here.
Our Senior Designated Leads for Child Protection are:
- Miss Aimee Mitchell (Headteacher),
- Mr John Potter (Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion)
- Mr Gary King (Depury Headteacher, Teaching and Learning)
- Mr Ben Heywood (Head of Behaviour),
- Mrs Kate Campbell-Bellis (Child Protection Officer) and
- Ms Lisa Moore (Pastoral Manager)
These staff are all trained at level 3.
These staff are featured on posters displayed throughout school with their pictures on and they wear pink lanyards.
The nominated child protection governor is Mr Anthony Boulton
The Devon Safeguarding Board website has further information for parents, children and those working with them, and can be found at http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/
Need help when school is closed?
See our poster for information about where to find help out of school hours.
Links for specific safeguarding issues
Professional organisations are available to provide up-to-date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues. Teachers can also access up-to-date government guidance on the issues listed below via the GOV.UK website:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- child missing from education
- child missing from home or care
- child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- bullying including cyberbullying
- domestic violence
- fabricated or induced illness
- faith abuse
- female genital mutilation (FGM)
- forced marriage
- gangs and youth violence
- gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- mental health
- Online Safety
- Peer on Peer Abuse
- private fostering
- teenage relationship abuse