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Safeguarding Information

I am a child and I don’t feel safe

At the Academy: 

  1. Tell a trusted adult. This could be your Tutor, Head of House or a teacher. 
  2. Ask to speak to a member of the Academy Safeguarding Team 

At home or in the community: 

  1. Call and speak to an adult at the Academy on 01179 927127. 
  2. Email your Head of House at [email protected], Mrs Baker at the Acorn or another adult at the Academy, you can find their email addresses by typing in their last name into your email. 
  3. Phone Childline on 0800 11 11 any time day or night. They are happy to speak to you about any worries. The call is free. Your teachers will be happy for you to use a phone in the Academy – just ask. 

If you feel you or another child is in immediate danger, please call 999. 

I am an adult and am concerned about a child

If you are concerned about the treatment of a child, you can do one of these things: 

  1. Report it to the Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss Rice) by phoning the school on 01179 927144 or emailing [email protected] 
  2. Email [email protected] for Secondary children or [email protected] for Primary children. 
  3. Contact South Gloucestershire’s Social Services Access and Response Team: 

01454 866000 ‐ Monday to Friday 9am ‐ 5pm 

01454 615165 ‐ Out of hours and at weekends 

In an emergency, please ring 999 

For further information, please go to South Gloucestershire’s website:

South Gloucestershire Safeguarding 

Concerns

Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at King’s Oak Academy you should immediately contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss A Rice, Heads of House or Mrs Baker (Acorn).   

You can also contact Bristol Childrens Social Care Service directly on 0117 903 6444, or South Gloucestershire Childrens Social Care Service on 01454 866000. 

Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact Miss K Ogden, Principal.

Policy

The governors and Academy staff are committed to keeping our children safe and we regularly review our school policies and procedures to ensure that everything is being done to fulfil our duty of care. The Councillor responsible for safeguarding is Ms Sandra Slocombe. 

Safeguarding Policy

Employment Requirements 

We are an equal opportunities employer. At least one member of every interview panel has had Safer Recruitment training. All offers of employment are subject to a disclosure and barring check (DBS), medical clearance and satisfactory references. 

On-line Safety

At King’s Oak Academy we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology creatively but safely by helping them to understand the risks involved with navigating the online world.  

COVID-19

Children have been spending more time at home, they may not be able to see friends and family in person. This makes keeping in touch online important 

Many children are spending more time online – and expanding the ways they use the internet. They may join online communities or start using new video-calling platforms. Children who receive support from services may go online to contact social workers, counsellors and others in their support network.  While all this can bring beneficial to children’s mental health and wellbeing, children can be exposed to risk online: 

  • Online abuse 
  • Cyber bullying 
  • Sexual exploitation 
  • Sexting 
  • Grooming 
  • Radicalisation 

Prevent

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism.  Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. 

Incidents of extremism and radicalisation are rare and as such when they do occur, make the news. As with all safeguarding issues, it is important to be vigilant, and not complacent, but also not to panic. 

What is extremism and radicalisation? 

Prevent defines extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces” 

Radicalisation is defined by the UK Government within this context as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.” 

We live in a wonderfully diverse world, with both differences and similarities to celebrate. Exploring religious and different social beliefs, in a peaceful and non-violent way, is part of growing up and should not be confused with something more sinister. The best way to PREVENT extremism and radicalisation is by open discussion and increased understanding of each other. 

As a parent… 

  • You know your child better than anybody else. Having open, honest conversations on a regular basis will allow your child to explore new ideas in a safe environment. 
  • Talk to your child about their online viewing. Social media such as YouTube and Facebook can be used to groom children towards a certain point of view. 
  • Discuss different points of view concerning topics in the news, modelling that there is always more than one point of view. 
  • Encourage your child to take an active part in their local community. This could be part of a sports club, social group, volunteering. Getting out, meeting and talking to people around you helps to understand and become part of a community. 

As a school… 

  • All staff have had Prevent training and complete refresher training annually. 
  • Our safeguarding procedures reflect statutory requirements in the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. 
  • Students are encouraged to discuss and explore issues during Tutor time and Health and Wellbeing lessons. 

If you have any concerns that someone you know may be at risk of radicalisation, please contact the local police on 101. 

If your concern is of an URGENT nature please dial 999 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321 

Prevent Information

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Honour Based Abuse (HBA)

Female Genital Mutilation 

Female genital mutilation is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is often referred to as female circumcision, ‘cutting’ or ‘sunna’. 

Government Statement opposing FGM 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Some women who have undergone FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma. 

UK Law

Female genital Mutilation is a crime in the United Kingdom. Even if a girl is taken abroad to undergo FGM, it is still a crime in the UK if the mutilation is done by a UK national or a UK resident. 

It is also a crime if a UK national or resident assists or gets a non-UK national or resident to carry out FGM overseas on a UK national or resident. 

If FGM is committed against a girl under the age of 16, each person who is responsible for the girl at the relevant time is guilty of an offence. 

Criminal Penalties

Anyone found guilty of an FGM offence – or of helping somebody commit one – faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to seven years in prison, a fine, or both. 

Support

If you are worried that this might happen to you or someone you know, you can speak to a member of the safeguarding team in school.  

Alternatively, you can report this abuse by contacting one of the following: 

If there’s immediate danger or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact the police. 

Call 999 to report emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies. 

You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad. 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office:  020 7008 1500 

If you or someone you know is at risk you can contact the NSPCC anonymously  

NSPCC FGM Helpline 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 0800 028 3550 

Female Genital Mutilation Leaflet

Honour Based Abuse 

So-called ‘honour-based’ abuse (HBA) encompasses incidents or crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or the community, including female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, and practices such as breast ironing. Abuse committed in the context of preserving “honour” often involves a wider network of family or community pressure and can include multiple perpetrators. It is important to be aware of this dynamic and additional risk factors when deciding what form of safeguarding action to take. All forms of HBA are abuse (regardless of the motivation) and should be handled and escalated as such. Professionals in all agencies, and individuals and groups in relevant communities, need to be alert to the possibility of a child being at risk of HBA, or already having suffered HBA. 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

What is Child Sexual Exploitation? 

Like all forms of child sex abuse, child sexual exploitation: 

  • can affect any child or young person (male or female) under the age of 18 years, including 16 and 17 year olds who can legally consent to have sex; 
  • can still be abuse even if the sexual activity appears consensual; 
  • can include both contact (penetrative and non-penetrative acts) and noncontact sexual activity; 
  • can take place in person, via technology, or a combination of both; 
  • can involve force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence; 
  • may occur without the child or young person’s immediate knowledge (e.g. through others copying videos or images they have created and posted on social media); 
  • can be perpetrated by individuals or groups, males or females, and children or adults. The abuse can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time, and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse; 
  •  is typified by some form of power imbalance in favour of those perpetrating the abuse. Whilst age may be the most obvious, this power imbalance can also be due to a range of other factors including gender, sexual identity, cognitive ability, physical strength, status, and access to economic or other resources 

 Signs of possible CSE include: 

  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late; 
  • skipping school or being disruptive in class; 
  • appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for; 
  • experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted disease; 
  • having mood swings and changes in temperament; 
  • using drugs and/or alcohol; 
  • displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone (“sexting”); 
  • showing signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns

Concerned a child is being exploited? Report it online

What is Child Criminal Exploitation? 

CCE is where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child into any criminal activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial or other advantage of the perpetrator or facilitator and/or (c) through violence or the threat of violence. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. CCE does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. 

Children and young people may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their day-to-day lives. These threats can take a variety of different forms, including: sexual, physical and emotional abuse; neglect; exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups; trafficking; online abuse; sexual exploitation and the influences of extremism leading to radicalisation. 

CCE can include children being forced to work in cannabis factories, being coerced into moving drugs or money across the country (county lines), forced to shoplift or pickpocket, or to threaten other young people. 

Signs of possible CCE include: 

  • persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out of area; 
  • unexplained acquisition of money, clothes, or mobile phones; 
  • excessive receipt of texts / phone calls; 
  • relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups; 
  • leaving home / care without explanation; 
  • suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries; 
  • carrying weapons; 
  • significant decline in school results / performance; 
  • gang association or isolation from peers or social networks; 
  • self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Negative experiences and distressing life events, such as the current circumstances, can affect the mental health of children and young people. 

At King’s Oak Academy we are keen to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and can offer a range of support. 

If you have concerns about the wellbeing of a child, please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team. 

Additional Resources

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