All staff at our academy take safeguarding children very seriously. All staff have been trained in safeguarding and child protection. If you have any concerns about a child’s wellbeing, bullying or online safety, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Judy Lewis via the academy office or email Judy.Lewis@oliveacademies.org.uk
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. The Olive Academies Multi Academy Trust (MAT) board and the academy advisory board (AAB) will ensure that our academy safeguards and promotes the welfare of pupils and works together with other agencies to ensure that our academy has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.
Our academy is a community and all those directly connected, staff members, MAT board and AAB members, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.
We believe that our academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our academy that will help children feel safe and respected. We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and to feel confident that they will be listened to. Read our full Safeguarding Policy.
We have also published an additional policy document to take into account the exceptional circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – this is available on our policies page here.
You can also find further information about child protection from Suffolk County Council’s social care team. You can also call Childline for help or advice on 0800 1111.
Government guidance for parents and carers
The government has produced a useful webpage listing sources of advice and support for keeping their children safe. The guide includes information about:
- Protecting children from domestic abuse
- Teenage relationship abuse
- Child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Sexual assault referral centres
- Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
- Protecting children from radicalisation
- Online child safety
- Mental health
You can find the information here.
Kooth is new free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people in east and west Suffolk aged 11 – 18. Young people in Suffolk can access online counselling through their mobile device, 365 days a year. Experienced counsellors are available for virtual drop-in or bookable chat sessions from 12 noon until 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on weekends. As well as online counselling, Kooth offers peer-to-peer support, moderated forums with other young members of the ‘Kooth community’ and a wide range of self-help materials. Young people who use the service can seek support or advice on any topic – from coping with exam stress or bullying, seeking help for an eating disorder, dealing with suicidal thoughts or handling sexual abuse. Go to kooth.com to find out more.
Olive Academies believe that everyone in the academy community has the right to learn and to teach in a supportive and caring environment without fear of being bullied. We are committed to helping all members of the school community to benefit from computing and online technologies, whilst understanding its risks, and to equip children with the knowledge and skills to be able to use it safely and responsibly. All staff and pupils are asked to read and sign an “Acceptable Use Agreement” when they join the academy. You can also read our academy’s Safeguarding Policy, ICT and Online Safety Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy here.
For advice for children and parents about how to stay safe online visit www.thinkyouknow.co.uk
For useful reviews by parents and children of all the latest games, apps and films visit www.commonsensemedia.org
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has produced a number of short films for parents and carers about how to keep children and young people safe online.
Please contact the academy if you are concerned that a child is being bullied. Please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Judy Lewis via the academy office or email Judy.Lewis@oliveacademies.org.uk
Please encourage your child to speak to any member of our staff if they have any worries about bullying. All Olive Academies staff are committed to doing everything they can to prevent all kinds of bullying. We want our academy to be an environment which is safe, supportive and free from intimidation. We actively promote a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion where all forms of bullying are seen as unacceptable. Read our full Anti-Bullying Policy.
Bullying UK offers good advice for parents about what to do if your child is being bullied.
NHS Livewell has advice for parents about how to help your child if they are being bullied.
Children and parents can also contact Childline for help or advice on 0800 1111.
Organisations which offer advice and support for you and your family:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) offers advice on online safety www.ceop.police.uk
NSPCC helpline offers support and advice to children, professionals and families. Call 0808 800 5000 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline offers advice on a broad range of issues www.childline.org.uk
Talk to Frank for confidential advice about drugs www.talktofrank.com
YoungMinds offers information and advice about children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health www.youngminds.org.uk You can also contact the YoungMinds Parent Helpline on 0808 8025544.
The Hide Out offers advice for children and young people about domestic abuse www.thehideout.org.uk
Bullying UK offers advice for young people and parents about bullying www.bullying.co.uk You can also call their helpline on 0808 800 2222.
Mind provides support to everyone who has experienced a mental health problem www.mind.org.uk If you are concerned about your own mental health or about someone you know, you can also call Mind for advice on 0300 1233393 or text 86463.
Refuge offers advice about domestic abuse for teenage girls www.refuge.org.uk
Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, provides advice for young people who are experiencing family problems and leaving home www.shelter.org.uk