Skelmanthorpe Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all of our staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. Parents and carers expect the school to provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which their children can flourish. To meet this expectation, the school implements a wide of measures and policies, including the school's child protection and safeguarding policies. These policies are available on request and can be downloaded from our website in the policies section.
Designated safeguarding leads
Our senior designated child protection officer is Mrs Sarah Senior (Headteacher).
Our deputy designated child protection officer is Miss Alison Walshe (Assistant Headteacher and SENCo).
Please do not hesitate to contact her, should you have any concerns about a child. If either of them are absent, please speak to
Our nominated safeguarding governor is Mrs Janine Tinker-Ives.
The policy is in line with:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021)
- Children Act 1989
- Children Act 2004
- Education Act 2002
- Teachers' Standards 2012
Safeguarding is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable children in need to have optimum life chances (Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018)
We believe that:
- Schools play a key role in the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse