Brooke Weston knows that it is of the upmost importance to have good systems for protecting and safeguarding the welfare of all our students. This means that anyone who works with our students must be alert to possible concerns and report these appropriately and in a timely manner.
In order to protect our students, it is our aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all of our students feel safe, secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
Brooke Weston will support all students by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the Academy
All Brooke Weston staff should be aware that:
- Their role is to listen and record carefully any observations, which could indicate concern/abuse
- They should not attempt to investigate, once the initial concern is raised
- They should involve the Safeguarding Officer/Designated Person immediately
- If the Safeguarding Officer/Designated Person is not available, the Principal should be contacted
- A disclosure of abuse or harm could be made at anytime
- Prior to external agencies being invited in to the Academy to work with our students or to carry out work on the premises, all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen/verified.
If a staff member has a concern, that a child is being harmed or is at risk of harm or receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally), they must contact one the following:
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Key Stage 3 Student Care Team
Key Stage 4 Student Care Team
Key Stage 5 Student Care Team
Key Personnel for Parental Contact
If a parent has any concerns of a safeguarding nature then please contact any of the key personnel above on 01536 396366.
For further information on safeguarding please view the Brooke Weston Trust policy for safeguarding and child protection.
The Brooke Weston Trust policy for safeguarding and Child Protection is to:
- Protect children from maltreatment
- Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Other Safeguarding Agencies
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The MASH can advise on whether a family needs early help or whether they meet the threshold for statutory child protection. Telephone: 0300 126 1000
Out of hours service
Should you need to contact children's Social Care urgently during the evening, at night or at the weekend, phone the out of hours team on 01604 626938. An operator will answer the phone and take details of the concern and your contact details. They will then pass this information over to the duty social worker.