At Springfields we give high priority to safeguarding our pupils. We do this by ensuring that:

  • Our single central record is regularly updated to reflect the latest information relating to all members of staff, governors and regular visitors.
  • Designated governors are trained in child protection and safer recruiting.
  • Safeguarding policies and statements are clear and easily accessible for all stakeholders on the Academy website.
  • Pupils, and the safeguarding of pupils is regularly discussed and recorded.
  • There is a regular programme of safeguarding training relating to child protection, child sexual exploitation and prevent is undertaken by designated members of staff, governors, and other staff. All staff have received child protection, child sexual exploitation and prevent training in September 2015.

Sometimes allegations are made against a member of staff. All allegations are taken seriously and investigated in line with statutory guidance (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015  and Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015) to determine whether there is cause for concern. Staff will be treated fairly throughout this process and action taken will be in line with statutory guidance and adopted disciplinary procedures where appropriate. Sometimes it may be necessary to suspend a member of staff where the allegations involve Child Protection and the alleged behaviour might be criminal, involve harm to a child or put a child at risk of harm. Then the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations) is notified immediately.

If there appears to be serious misconduct or risk to property or other people, a period of suspension with pay is considered while the case is being investigated. Suspension is an exceptional measure to enable a proper investigation to take place and to safeguard staff and pupils. All matters relating to an allegation will be confidential and every effort will be made to resolve the matter swiftly. (Springfields Academy Disciplinary Procedure For Teaching And Support Staff)

The designated safeguarding lead is the deputy head teacher, Michael Thomas.

Copies of the Academy Polices can be found here.
Jon Hamp