Freeman’s Junior Academy believes that all children have a right to grow up and learn in a safe and secure environment. If we have any concerns about a child's safety we will speak to you as parents in the first instance. Often through us talking things through the concerns that have been raised are explained or further support is arranged and we move forward from there. Very occasionally we have concerns are raised that we may feel, that by talking directly with you, may put the child more at risk. In some instances these cases are then referred to Social Services.
This procedure enables us to protect children at risk and we make no apology for taking the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.
Unfortunately this means that we risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which upon investigation proves unfounded.
Our Safeguarding Policy is below and we remind parents to speak to us if you are worried. If you are worried about a child outside of school time you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 1000.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you believe that a child in our school may be at risk, please talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. These are:
- Mrs C Medcalfe (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr J Healy (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
- Miss K Mack (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
The Underwear Rule (from NSPCC)
Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse – without using scary words.
Follow this link to the 'Let's Talk Pants' website. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or