Meet the Safeguarding Team
Padgate Academy operate a safeguarding team approach with a split focus on both early help and child protection. The team meets every half term and discusses and takes action to safeguard the most vulnerable children in Academy.
The team members are key support staff throughout Academy who works closely with all year groups to ensure they are safe both in and out of Academy.
The team is as follows:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
Heads of Learning
Key Functions of the Safeguarding Team
The DSL will lead the safeguarding team and allocate tasks to safeguarding team members via regular team meetings. The DSL will have management oversight of the safeguarding work completed by the safeguarding team.
Below is a list of the some of the tasks that the DSL will undertake:
The Safeguarding Team Approach to safeguarding children
This is considered the best practice to managing safeguarding at Academy level. Practically, there is always cover for absence and a number of professionals trained to know what to do if there were concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child. It also encourages a culture of working collaboratively and making decisions together, with the child at the heart of the team’s practice. The team approach is supportive to the DSL, who will as a result of a team structure, no longer works in isolation and take the sole responsibility for safeguarding.
Importantly, the DSL leads the safeguarding team and on a day to day basis decision will be made by the DSL. Team members need to be clear of their role within the team and what is expected from them. Debriefing and reflective practice is an important part of safeguarding practice and should be routinely built into safeguarding team meetings.
Advice for Parents/carers
If you have a concern about your child, a relative or another pupil who attends this Academy please contact Mr D Vickery (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 01925 822632, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also speak to any other member of the safeguarding team and contact them on the Academy number. Please leave a message and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.
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