We all have a statutory duty to Safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Staff and Governors at The Bramble Academy are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and neglect and that they can be subjected to social factors that have a negative impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising.

If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this education setting or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with the appropriate member of the safeguarding team straight away.

The Bramble Academy uses a recording system called CPOMS. This is a secure system that is accessible to staff within our school.

CPOMS enables us to track communication with parents and carers, as well as pupils and external agencies.

We use CPOMS to record pastoral and welfare information across school such as; behaviour, bullying, safeguarding and medical.

Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of staff within the school. Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters, we would rather you tell us things which turn out to be small, than miss a worrying situation. Here is some information on what to look out for.

However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Miss De’Ath by contacting the school office on 01623 635928.

The Bramble Academy work with professionals to help families get support that they require. School can refer to theMulti-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)who can work with us to identify what support is required.

Safeguarding and child protection in schools

Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.

The Bramble Academy safeguard children by:

Creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices

  • Ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
  • Making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
  • Teaching children and young people about staying safe such as keeping safe online
  • Maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.


Key Contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Elliott – Head Teacher

Designated Safeguarding Officer(s): Miss B De’Ath – Educational Welfare Officer

Miss B Crawshaw – SENDCO

Safeguarding Governor: Mrs J Horton

Useful Links

Further information can be found on the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership website, by clicking here

The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Procedures can be found here

Please find The Bramble Academy’s Safeguarding information here

Please find The Bramble Academy’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy here

Please find The Bramble Academy Online Safety Policy here

NSPCC - Safeguarding Children and child protection

NSPCC – Child abuse and neglect

NSPCC - Radicalisation

NSPCC – Female Genital Mutilation

NSPCC – Healthy and unhealthy relationships

NSPCC - Grooming

NSPCC – Early Help

NSPCC – Child Protection system in the UK

NSPCC – Photography and sharing images guidance

NSPCC – Underwear rule

NSPCC – Keeping children safe

Nottinghamshire County Council

NHS

GOV.UK

Women’s Aid

NIDAS

Useful Documents

Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges

Keeping children safe in education: for school and college staff (part 1)

Regulated activity in relation to children: scope

Prevent and radicalisation

Recognising and responding to abuse

Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery

Protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour

Protecting children from emotional abuse

Protecting children from domestic abuse

Protecting children from physical abuse

Protecting children from sexual exploitation

Protecting children from neglect

Protecting children from sexual abuse