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Student Welfare

Northampton International Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all stakeholders involved in the organisation to share this commitment.

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in our care. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation and radicalisation and follow our procedures to ensure that children effect support, protection and justice. Where there are concerns, we have a duty to refer those concerns; contributing to the assessment of a child’s needs, and towards on-going actions to meet those needs.

When and what might I be concerned about? 

At any time, you might be concerned about information which suggests a child or young person is being neglected or experiencing physical, emotional or sexual harm (FGM, forced marriage, radicalisation, extremism and child exploitation). Abuse, neglect, physical, emotional harm, exploitation and radicalisation can happen to any child, boy or girl, of any race, culture, ethnicity or sexuality. Many children are unable to disclose what is happening to them and rely on us to interpret their behaviour and signs of abuse. You may observe physical signs, notice changes in a child or young person’s behaviour or presentation, pick up signs of emotional distress or have a child disclose a harmful experience to you.

A child or young person may:

  • Have a bruise, burn or injury that seems suspicious
  • Show signs of pain or discomfort
  • Be unnaturally passive or withdrawn
  • Be unpredictable and challenging
  • Seem anxious fearful or distressed
  • Provide an unlikely explanation for their injury or their behaviour

Harm to a child or young person can be caused by:

  • A parent/carer
  • A family member/friend
  • Another child or young person
  • A stranger
  • A member of staff/volunteer

What should I do if a child or young person discloses that they are being harmed?

If you are concerned for a child or young person’s health, welfare or safety in any way you must speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) in school.

  • Do not question the student or try to secure evidence. Your responsibility is to report your concern, not to investigate.
  • If a child or young person tells you something that suggests they are at risk of harm, allow them to tell you as much as they wish and let them know that you must pass the information on to the DSL.
  • If you become concerned about a child or young person’s immediate safety, notify the nearest member of staff and tell them why you are concerned.

The information you have may not be enough on its own for a child protection referral to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), however it will help the DSL to make a decision about the risk of harm to the child or young person and how to move forward to protect and support that student.

Designated Safeguarding Team at Northampton International Academy

We have a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads in our school. We record and monitor all safeguarding concerns and regularly review referrals and responses to referrals. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns that you may have.

Please see document below for details of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

What should I do if the concern is about a member of staff or volunteer? (Whistle Blowing)

If your concern is about a staff member or volunteer, you should report this to the Headteacher immediately. The Headteacher will inform the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) according to the policy. If your concern is regarding the Headteacher you should contact the Chair of Governors.

 

Local Contacts

To report a child absent or missing

Police

Telephone: 101 (or 999 if an emergency)

To talk to Children’s Social Care out of hours

The Emergency Duty Team (EDT)

Telephone: 01604 626938

For children or young people who are at risk or have been sexually exploited

RISE team

Telephone: 01604 888345

Email: rise@northants.pnn.police.uk

Responsibility for independent return interviews for children or young people who have missing 

Initial Response Team (IRT)

Telephone: 07736638555

Email: IRT@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Referrals to Children’s Social Care

MASH team

Telephone: 0300 126 1000

Email: MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk

Non emergencies: if there is immediate danger and advise or information is needed

Northamptonshire County Council will direct to the appropriate service

Telephone the main switch board: 0300 126 1000

Email: MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk

For information about Early Help

Early Help Team

Telephone: 0300 126 1000

Email: earlyhelpsupport@northamptonshire.gov.uk

* http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/help-and-protection-for-children/protecting-children-information-for-professionals/Pages/contact-early-help-support-MASH.aspx

 

Other agencies for support:

National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC):

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

 

Child Line:

Website: http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Telephone: 0800 1111

 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP):

Website: http://ceop.police.uk/

Telephone: 0870 000 3344 

 

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
Designated Safeguarding Leads 10th Apr 2018 Download
Safeguarding Poster 17th Sep 2018 Download
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