Safeguarding and Child Protection

According to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: 

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and 
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.  

Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the Academy. The Academy believes that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse. In particular, teaching and pastoral staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. 

The Academy recognises that, because Academy staff are in regular and frequent contact with children, they are particularly well placed to safeguard and promote the welfare of students and are therefore trained accordingly in safeguarding at least annually with regular topical training throughout the year. 

Grace Academy Darlaston staff are fully committed to their responsibilities to safeguarding children and young people through robust recording and reporting procedures and the availability of supportive provisions and interventions. 

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility but we have a dedicated safeguarding team trained at an advanced level to respond to any level of concern. The safeguarding team is made up of staff with responsibilities for school leadership, safeguarding, SEND, attendance, behaviour, interventions and mentoring. The team meet weekly to discuss and review current practice with regularly planned training. 

Our RSHE / PSHE curriculum is carefully planned and reviewed to ensure all students have the opportunity to learn about keeping themselves safe and reporting their concerns, as well as the laws around consent, behaviour in the community and other key topics. In addition, we invite in a variety of agencies and organisations to provide expert advice and information in fun and engaging assemblies, performances and workshops. 

Grace Academy’s policies and procedures are underpinned by key statutory guidance: 

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 

Working Together to Safeguard Children 

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges 

Should you have any queries or concerns around safeguarding of students and staff at Grace Academy Darlaston please contact Miss Sophie Chance, Designated Safeguarding Lead on 0121 568 3300.  

Key Contacts: 

Sophie Chance (DSL and SENCO): sophiechance@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk 

Lindsay East (Deputy DSL and Attendance): lindsayeast@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk 

Claire Jones (Deputy DSL): clairejones@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk 

Walsall Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 555 2866 

Childline: 0800 1111 

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 

 

Police and Medical Emergencies Only: 999 

Police General: 101 / NHS: 111 

 

Useful links: 

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people – www.kooth.com 

Prevention of young suicide – www.papyrus.org.uk 

LGBT+ Support and Advice – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/ 

NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 

Resources-bank for Mental Health and Wellbeing – https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/