CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING
Pioneer Secondary Academy has the safeguarding of its students at the heart of everything that it does, promoting the physical and emotional well-being of every student. Safe, happy and confident young people will thrive academically, contribute positively to the wider community and become active citizens.
The School follows the guidelines as published by the Department for Education under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ [September 2019]. Furthermore, Pioneer Secondary Academy works closely with the Local Authority and other external agencies to ensure the welfare of all our students.
At the core of our Safeguarding Practice are:
- Procedures that ensure safe recruitment to help deter, reject or identify people who may pose a risk to children
- A strong PSHE curriculum that educates all our students on how to keep safe, recognise behaviour that is unacceptable and who to inform when concerned
- Ensuring all staff receive high quality Safeguarding training
- Appropriate provision for any child who has been subject to abuse
- A Governing Body, Headteacher and staff that understand their responsibility, under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, to be alert to the signs of child abuse and to refer concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The School raises awareness of issues such as well-being, mental health, eating disorders, self-harm, E-safety, FGM, CSE, radicalisation and relationships through curriculum lessons, assemblies and tutor time. We also have visitors to the school to talk to the students about key issues.
The School’s Safeguarding Team consists of:
- Michelle Stone – Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Adam Kilbane – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Should you have a concern about the safety of a child, there are a number of ways that you can make a referral by contacting:
- The School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead on 01753 662009
- The School’s Child Protection or Pastoral Team on 01753 662009
- Bucks Children’s Services directly on 01296 383962
- The police on 999 or 101
SAFER SCHOOLS OFFICER
Our Safer Schools Officer is available to meet with students and their parents, whenever the need arises. They contribute to the School’s Assembly and PSHE programmes, addressing issues related to personal safety and raising awareness about risk and personal safety.
Pioneer Secondary Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils.
As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The school has taken account of the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) who has called for all public bodies to make explicit their preventative measures to minimise the threat of extremism in their setting.
The Prevent Lead (or SPOC – Single Point of Contact) in school is Miss Michelle Stone, Deputy Headteacher. If you have any questions or concerns, please make an appointment to see her.
Please click here for our Prevent handout
Please click here for a link to the Prevent Duty for Schools
Please click here for a link to the official Prevent Strategy document
Remaining safe online is becoming increasingly important. Whilst the Internet is useful for many purposes in daily life, there is also a darker side, with cybercrime, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online. The School is committed to ensuring staff and students alike have the knowledge to safeguard themselves against viruses, hacking and have an awareness of the dangers of using social media. E-Safety is concerned with the Safeguarding of young people and ensuring they remain safe when using digital technology.
ONLINE SAFETY FOR PARENTS – DIGITAL PARENTING
E-Safety is covered in KS3 Computing Lessons, in assemblies and in PSHE lessons. Our Safer Schools Police Officer is involved in assemblies on Internet safety.
Please use the links below to develop your understanding of the challenges faced by young people and how you can support your child.
The CEOP centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. Parents can download the latest information from CEOP on how best to protect their child.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. It aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
The BBC e-Safety page helps you use the Internet in a safe way. It links to sites that are kept up to date with useful information, along with explanations & helpful hints for all to get the most out of the Internet.
Tips for staying safe online, when using a mobile phone and what to do if you are being cyberbullied.
Using the internet can be fun and enjoyable, talking to family and friends, sharing pictures and playing games but it is important to stay safe whilst online as things may go wrong.