At GLPA, our academy community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and Procedures in place. All staff including our volunteers and supply staff are CRB/DBS checked. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child's best interests.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Waddington.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads is Mrs Hector
In addition Miss Egan, Mr Brakefield and Mrs Kirwan are all L3 advanced safeguarding practitioners.
Mrs Carlisle has overall responsibility for GLPA.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. From July 2015, all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
Below is the Parent Pamphlet we have sent out to all parents outlining what this means at GLPA and a link to the most recent advice from Leeds City Website.The information provided on the site will provide people with knowledge of Prevent in Leeds, how to notice the signs of radicalisation and where to go for support. There are also links to very useful documents as well as information on the Channel programme that we hope people find useful.
From Safer Schools website the main changes are outlined below;
Section 1: Background and Context
· The definition of ‘sexting’ has been replaced with a definition of ‘sharing nudes and semi-nudes’
· A typology of ‘sexting’ (Finkelhor and Wolak, 2011) has been added to distinguish between experimental image sharing vs aggravated image sharing
· There is a new section that explains the motivations and behaviours that influence the sharing of ‘nudes and semi-nudes’ – specifically that they are not always sexually or criminally motivated
· Guidance has been added on how to respond to incidents including when and how to refer incidents to the police
· Law on non-consensual image sharing has also been added
· New guidance on supporting young people, parents and carers with incidents
· Guidance on recording incidents has been updated
· New guidance on the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline’s Report Remove Tool
· Guidance and best practice examples/case studies have been added
Section 3: Educating Children and Young People
· Guidance on challenging barriers to reporting and victim-blaming
· Guidance on best practice in delivering safe and effective education and working with external visitors (educators)
Children’s mental health week resources
Prevent update; we know covid lockdowns increase vulnerability to extremism - please see info for parents re. radicalisation over covid lockdown - attached
Educate Against Hate have also provided some info below.
Omegle Website. Feb 21
It has come to our attention that the above website is being used by under 16 year olds even though Omegle's disclaimer states that users should be 18 or over. Unfortunately, there is no age verification process in place.
Omegle links up unfamiliar people for virtual video and text chats, and claims to be moderated - but has a reputation for unpredictable and shocking content.
Global child protection groups are increasingly concerned about predators using the site to gather self-generated child sexual abuse material. In the UK alone, traffic increased by 61%, with 3.7 million visits in December from predominantly people under the age of 34 - many of them teenagers.
Please check your child’s devices and ensure they are not accessing this site.
If you would like to learn more, please follow the link.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the academy office.