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Safeguarding Statement

Child Protection and Safeguarding

The Department of Education, through Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE Mar. 2015 (updated Feb 2017) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE Sept. 2016), places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. At Guilsborough Academy we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students.

On occasions, a student may disclose information of a sensitive nature to a member of staff.  When this happens, staff will listen and explain clearly and calmly to students that information about their safety may mean that other people have to be informed in order to support and safeguard them.  They cannot promise to keep such information confidential.

When a member of staff has any child protection or welfare concerns about a student, they have a duty to report these concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school. In dealing with such instances we are legally required to follow Northamptonshire County Council’s procedures which may require us to refer to the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) team.

Guilsborough Academy takes its Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities very seriously. We work closely with the local authority and other appropriate external agencies to ensure the welfare of all our students. If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, please contact a member of the Safeguarding team:

Mrs A Lakey- Vice Principal (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs J Greenwood – Pastoral Manager (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mr D Lomasney – SENCO (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs C Enever-Jones – Assistant Principal (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

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Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Download the full document here: Child sexual exploitation - Definition and a guide for practitioners