Introduction and Ethos:
Dover Christ Church Academy recognises its statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and all those directly connected are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children and have an essential role to play in making this community safe and secure.
Staff working with children at Dover Christ Church Academy are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
Dover Christ Church Academy believes that the best interests of children always come first. All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account and all children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
Dover Christ Church Academy recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the academy that will help children to be safe and feel safe. In our school children are respected and encourage to talk openly.
Reporting a concern | contacting the DCCA Safeguarding Team - If you have a concern about a student or their family please contact the academy and request to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team on 01304 820126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Team Key Personnel:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):
Mr David Hunt [Vice Principal].
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mr Jason Atkinson ([Deputy DSL].
Mrs Jane Morris.
Mrs Lynn Humphries.
Aspen 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Sophie Barker.
Aspen 2 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Rachel Dixon.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
Prevention - positive, supportive, safe culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures.
Protection - following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to recognise and respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns.
Support - for all learners, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific interventions are required for those who may be at risk of harm.
Working with parents and other agencies - to ensure timely, appropriate communications and actions are undertaken when safeguarding concerns arise.
Dover Christ Church Academy, expects that if any member of our community has a safeguarding concern about any child or adult, they should act and act immediately.
The Dover Christ Church Academy Child Protection Policy is implemented in accordance with our compliance with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) which requires individual schools and colleges to have an effective child protection policy. The procedures contained in the Child Protection policy apply to all staff and trustees and are consistent with those of Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB).
All members of Dover Christ Church Academy staff receive annual training in child protection and aware of their responsibility to:
Provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
Ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience.
Identify and recognise children who may be in need of extra help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.
Provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable.
Take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed.
Safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.
Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child.
Respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy.
Contribute towards, read and adhering to the school policies.
All members of staff in Dover Christ Church Academy know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected.
Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the DSL and other agencies as appropriate.
Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.
Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection Policy and other related policies on request and can view them on our policies page.
At Dover Christ Church Academy, we are working in partnership with Kent Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
To achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present, with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL). On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this should be covert dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with Kent Police and MASH Encompass Protocol Data Sharing Agreement. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors. Further information can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.operationencompass.org
At DCCA, our Key Adult is David Hunt (Vice Principal & DSL)
Agencies that could help support you and your child:
Police – 999 direct.
NSPCC 24 Hour free phone service – 0800 800 500
Samaritans – 08457909090.
Child line - information and advice on bullying, health and mental and emotional health, sex and relationships, family issues etc https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/
Child Berevement UK – advice on bereavement and also dealing with children who may be frightened following national, traumatic events such as terror attacks https://www.childbereavementuk.org/.
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 0161 636 7525
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 801 0327.
Child Sexual Abuse:
Stop It Now – Anyone with a concern about child sexual abuse and its prevention can anonymously call the Stop It Now! https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/helpline/.
Helpline - 0808 1000 900.
Teaching your children about Road Safety.
NSPCC - Online Safety
CEOP – information on on-line safety for parents and students https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parents/
NSPCC Gangs - NSPCC Gangs
Talk to Frank - Drugs
Family Lives - Bullying