Safeguarding including Link to NSBC
Safeguarding is everyone’s business and it is among the most important things we do. If our pupils do not feel safe, they will not learn.
If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact the following Designated Safeguarding Leads within the academy:
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Denise, Principal
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Helena, Deputy Principal
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Sharon, Learning Mentor - Child and Family Support
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Jake, Learning Mentor - Transitions and Approach to Learning
You can find the trust-wide safeguarding policy here.
Our own safeguarding protocols can be found below:
If a child is in immediate danger, left alone or missing, you should contact the police and/or ambulance directly by dialling 999.
If there is no immediate danger but you have significant concerns about a child’s welfare, contact the Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH team):
Contact details: 0300 126 7000 (MASH team) or via email MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk
If you have a concern regarding an adult working with children at Purple Oaks Academy please contact Denise, Principal. You can also report directly to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): Sheila Kempster 07831 123194 and Andy Smith 07850 854309
Any individual student, staff member, parent/carer or visitor can make a referral, if they have a concern about a child or adult, directly to the safeguarding team or the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
Sexual Abuse within Schools: Child on Child Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour:
Our position as a trust and within all our academies is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted and we remain committed to working openly and transparently to promote mutual respect. We will always act on concerns raised
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of child-on-child abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on individual academy websites.
All pupils are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.
The appropriate means for disclosing an allegation of abuse relating to another student is always to inform a member of the specific academy’s safeguarding team directly or a member of the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff, this must be sent to the Academy Principal or directly to the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. We will always act on concerns raised.
Child missing in Education Statutory Guidance
Child Missing in Education Local Arrangements: West Northants Council
Keeping children safe in education
Prevent Duty Guidance 2023
Working together to Safeguard Children
If you are concerned about a child's welfare, please report it. If a child is in immediate danger, left alone, or missing, you should contact the police and/or an ambulance directly by phoning 999.