Gossey Lane Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
At Gossey Lane , we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn.
We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in safeguarding and Child Protection, and are trained to look out for signs of harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs R Chahal (Associate Lead).
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
- Mrs S Amin (Head teacher)
- Mrs R Chahal (Associate Lead)
- Mrs A Rusby (Behaviour Lead)
- Mrs K Foulkes (Family Support Advisor)
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mrs Christine Gardner.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this may be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If you have any concerns about the safety and/or well-being of any child or young person, you can contact school to speak to a DSL or telephone the Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888.
All Safeguarding practice at Gossey Lane is underpinned by Keeping children safe in Education 2020.
Tackling Child Abuse (HM Government/DfE)
The government has launched a campaign called 'Together we can tackle child abuse'. The resources, aimed at everyone in the community, could be used with parents and include four very short videos explaining physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and online abuse.
The simple mnemonic, ABC, is used to remind people that they should look out for changes in appearance, behaviour or communication. The webpage has a search engine to find out where to report abuse.
For more information, go to: https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk
CEOP has created a new website for teenagers called 'The internet, relationships & you' and offers advice on socialising online, online safety, getting support and sexual content online. CEOP is a part of the National Crime Agency.
The website can be found here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_18