Safeguarding & Child Protection
Kensington Junior Academy aims to establish an enjoyable and safe environment in which children can learn and develop whilst being protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult in the School and Ofsted has judged our robust and effective procedures as 'Good'.
The academy policy for Safeguarding reflects the consensus of the whole staff and has the full agreement of the Governing Board.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy Sept '20
The academy is therefore aware of the responsibilities which the school and its staff have with regard to the protection of children from:
- Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Neglect and bullying
- Inappropriate and inadequate care
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people's welfare.
Kensington Junior Academy accepts its duty to assist the Social Services Department acting on behalf of children in need or enquiring into allegations of child abuse. Besides this statutory duty, the academy also has a pastoral duty towards all its pupils and will place their care firmly at the centre of its work.
The academy recognises that because of their day to day contact with individual children, teachers and other staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. The school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to
- Ensure children know that there are adults int he school whom they can approach if they are worried
- Include opportunities int he PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
- Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and at school.
We are committed to responding in all cases where there is concern in accordance with the Derbyshire Area Child Protection Committee's Safeguarding Procedures.