Whilst the prime focus of Oasis Academy Boulton is to secure the best educational provision for the child, the Academy recognises that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted into our care at all times.
Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways how we ensure our students feel secure, confident and independent. The Academy has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its students. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the Academy will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern. Wherever possible we will discuss concerns with families and work with them to support the child.
Who is looking after you
The Board of Trustees for Oasis Charitable Trust has ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the Group Chief Executive, who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk across the Oasis Group. Within our Academies there are Safeguarding Leads who lead on Safeguarding issues within their locality. They are clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
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We ensure that arrangements are in place for:
• all reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare
• all appropriate actions to be taken to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies
• all persons working at this academy to be made aware of this policy
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff of the academy will often, by virtue of their day to day contact and knowledge of the children, be well placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.
In order to protect our children, we aim to:
• Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to
• Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
• Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
• Monitor and support children at risk
• Use the curriculum to raise children’s awareness, build confidence and skills
• Work closely with parent/carers and support external agencies
• Ensure that all adults within our school/service who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability
Oasis Academy Boulton will support all children by:
• Encouraging self-esteem and appropriate self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
• Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the academy.
• Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children
• Notifying Social Care Services via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern.
• Providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school.
If we feel informing parents may put the child at significant risk, then we will contact children's services without consent.
Please be aware that the Police can interview your child without your consent, if it is believed to be a child protection issue.
All Academy staff and volunteers undertake safeguarding training upon starting in the Academy and receive annual updates as appropriate.
Within the Academy we have first aid trained staff who are available during the day to attend to students who become ill or have an accident.
Parents are asked to provide a daytime telephone number and an alternative emergency contact so that they can be contacted if necessary.
If medicines need to be administered to a student, parents must complete a care plan with our medical officer. All medicines must be stored safely with the medical officer and not be kept on the student.
Policy and Procedures
Our Safeguarding policy is available on our policies page and is reviewed by staff and the Academy Council on an annual basis.
We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. Policies and procedures are also reviewed and revised by the Oasis Board of Trustees on a regular basis.
Disclosure & Barring Checks
We follow safer recruitment protocols at every turn. Amongst many procedures in place during the recruitment period, all staff wishing to work or volunteer with us must undergo a DBS check. Oasis meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with Oasis who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.