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.
Super Learning Days
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