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Safeguarding and Child Protection is one of  the most important aspects of the work we do at Ss Peter and Paul's Catholic Academy.  If a child does not feel safe then they will not be able to learn.

In this section of the website you will find information in relation to safeguarding within the academy, alongside parent / carer guidance and weblinks to help you gain further advice, understanding or contact details for any support you may require.  All guidance is taken from Northumberland County Council or other professional external organisations.

The Academy operates a policy of restricting unsupervised access to students to only those who have been correctly vetted.

As a parent or carer of a student at Ss Peter and Paul's Catholic Academy if you feel a child is at risk or is the subject of abuse you should contact the school and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection. We will discuss your concerns with you in confidence and consider the best way to address the issues raised. This may involve sharing the information further with other professionals.

We are totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Ss Peter and Paul's Catholic Academy Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

•Protecting children from maltreatment

•Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

•Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

•Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.
ALL staff have a safeguarding responsibility in school.

 The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

•       Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

•       Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

•       The Prevent Duty 2015

The school has a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly. These are:

Child Protection Policy & Procedures

Intimate Care Policy

Self Harm & Suicide Policy

Whistle-Blowing Policy

E-Safety Policy

Care & Concern Policy (Behaviour)

Use of Reasonable Force Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School Child Protection Team.

Updated March 2017