Our duty to safeguard our students

Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 

Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. 

This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay.

The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss K Buckthorp) carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.

What's the Problem? Come and speak to the Safeguarding Team

Email: Miss Karen Buckthorp

Telephone: 01789 762285

Alcester Academy’s Safeguarding Team are:

Miss K Buckthorp, Mrs J Quirke, Mrs J Bennett & Mrs K Jones

They will deal with any issues that stop you or your friends being safe.

These could be issues within school, at home or online.

They may also follow up on issues that are reported to them by other staff or students.

Safeguarding Team:

Pastoral staff K Buckthorp

Miss K Buckthorp

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Pastoral staff J Quirke

Mrs J Quirke

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

J Bennett Pastoral staff

Mrs J Bennett

Pastoral Support Assistant

Pastoral staff K Jones

Mrs K Jones 

Pastoral Support Assistant

Safeguarding Policy

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 

Safeguarding posters:
Be a Friend and Need to Talk?
What's the Problem?

Super Learning Days

By Loudmouth
Bully4You – Bullying – Year 7.
One2Many - Alcohol and Drugs – Year 9
Safe and Sound – Relationships and Teenage partner abuse – Year 10
Trust Me – Sex and relationships – Year 9
Working for Marcus – Child Sexual Exploitation – Year 10

Safeguarding Resources:
Barnado's Child Exploitation
Childnet International