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Child Protection

Offa’s Mead Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its pupils and staff.

Children spend half their waking hours in school and for some it is their only safe place in their daily life. Teachers and other school staff are often the first people to identify concerns that children are being abused or the first people that children may tell about their experience of abuse. No child is immune from the risk of abuse and abusers can come from all walks of life.

The Children Act 1989 defines child abuse as “a child suffering, or being at risk of suffering significant harm, where harm means ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development”. More often than not, significant harm constitutes a compilation of significant events, both acute and longstanding, which interrupt or damage a child’s development. Equally, is there such a thing as insignificant harm?

All staff have a duty to refer cases where abuse is known to have occurred or is suspected. Since the welfare of the child is paramount, staff do not have the right to withhold information or to respect a student’s wish for confidentiality in such cases where harm is suspected.

At Offa's Mead Academy we

    • ensure we practice safe recruitment in line with Government guidance by using at least one recruiter who has successfully completed Safer Recruitment Training on all interview panels and by checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and ensuring any unsuitable behaviour is reported.
    • are committed to raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
    • have procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse by logging welfare concerns and referring them to the Children’s Helpdesk.
    • support pupils who are subject to a child protection plan.
    • provide a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL*) at Offa’s Mead Academy is Mrs Ros Escott, Principal

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Karen Davies, Assistant Headteacher

*The DSL replaces the terms DCPO (Designated Child Protection Officer) or Designated Safeguarding Officer

Click here to see the child protection process


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Sheila Bacon,
21 Aug 2013, 01:26
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Karen Maggs,
10 May 2017, 05:36
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cgreene@offasmeadacademy.org,
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Karen Maggs,
19 May 2017, 01:52
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cgreene@offasmeadacademy.org,
17 Nov 2015, 08:24