Safeguarding at The Cheadle Academy
The Cheadle Academy recognises its legal duty under S175 Education Act 2002 and the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts and takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children. TCA recognises that effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good inter-agency cooperation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.
Parents / carers should know that the law requires all academy 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. The safeguarding team will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Staffordshire Safeguarding. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Our safeguarding team meet regally to review academy practice and to quality assure our processes and procedures to ensure we are delivering the best possible care to the students at The Cheadle Academy
Key Staff linked to safeguarding at The Cheadle Academy
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Mr Christopher Hadley, - Senior Teacher - email@example.com
Mr Hadley is the designated member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for dealing with safeguarding issues, advising & supporting staff, liaising with the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer), and working with other agencies
Our Deputy Designated Leads are:
Mrs N Slack, - Vice Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Slack is a member of the SLT with sufficient authority to effectively deputise for the role above
Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is:
Mrs I Welford, - Chair Of Governors - email@example.com
Mrs Welford leads on all allegations of abuse made against staff, in liaison with the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer), & on safe recruitment practices with the principal.
Our Designated SENCO is:
Mrs K Wibberley, - Senior Teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Wibberley leads on SENCO advice, liaison & support for staff and agencies working with children with Special Education Needs and their parents and carers
Our Deputy Designated SENCO is:
Mrs S Dytiche, - email@example.com
Mrs Dytiche is our Assistant SENCO with sufficient authority to effectively deputise for the role above
Our Designated Teacher for LAC:
Our Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is: Mr Christopher Hadley, - Senior Teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Principal is responsible for implementing policies & procedures, allocating resources & addressing staff concerns
Mr N Jamieson, - Principal - email@example.com
The Cheadle Academy will ensure that the staff above and the governing body attend training relevant to their role. All staff will receive Child Protection training, which is relevant and appropriate to their role
Please be aware that academy staff may only check school emails during academy hours and these should not be used as an emergency contact after 3:30 or at weekends / during holidays.
E-Safety@ The Cheadle Academy
A key priority for us at The Cheadle Academy is ensuring our students are aware of the need to use social media, technology, mobile phones and other IT devices thoughtfully and respectfully.
We take our responsibilities in relation to e-safety very seriously but we are very aware that the majority of children’s use of computers and mobile phones takes place outside of The Cheadle Academy. As such, we recognise that parents and carers also have a key role to play. and have collected a range of useful information which we urge parents to review.
The Cheadle Academy regally produces e-safety newsletters that may be found useful in helping to protect youngsters at home.
(Click on the newsletter to open in a new window)
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Impero: Monitoring students safety online at TCA
All computer activity at The Cheadle Academy is monitored by our Lead ICT Technician & Designated teachers using Impero’s leading edge classroom management software. This includes how academy equipment has been used when off-site (as soon as devices are reconnected to our network).
This allows us to monitor student and staff use of our systems and devices for safeguarding purposes, including preventing radicalisation.
Since technology plays an increasingly important role in young people’s day-to-day lives, through the use of smartphones, tablets and laptop/desktop computing, it is no surprise that these means of communication are very often used for the purpose of radicalisation. Fortunately, if this occurs on the schools network, it is usually possible to detect this early and support students.
With many young people’s interest in radicalisation originating from what they explore on the internet, it is reassuring to know that our classroom monitoring tools detect the inappropriate access of this kind of content (and well as any other potentially harmful content); real-time screen viewing is available and can be monitored network wide; we also have keyword databases that are customised to identify the use of inappropriate language and viewing on the school network, sending immediate screen shots to our monitoring team.
Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation
The Cheadle Academy is committed to providing a secure environment for our students.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind at TCA, whether from internal sources (students, staff or governor), or external sources -( school community, external agencies or individuals). Our students see our academy as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our teachers encourage and facilitate this — we have a duty to ensure this happens.
We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our students
Report extremist and terrorist material online using red "STOP" button
Police forces nationwide are appealing for internet users to report harmful extremist and terrorist material when they see it online.
After clicking on the button, (above) you are quickly directed to a short, anonymous form where you are asked to enter the address of the webpage where you saw the material
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