Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual
needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements, specified in the statutory guidance help Academy 360 to create a high quality settings which is welcoming, safe and stimulating, where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.
Our priority is to take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well. In order to safeguard children we follow the statutory guidance which stipulates that we must:
- ensure the suitability of adults who have contact with children;
- promote good health and behaviour
- maintain records, policies and procedures.
Further information can be found in our whole school safeguarding policy.
Mrs West is the designated person, nominated deputy for safeguarding who leads early years at Academy 360. All staff are aware of the protocols and procedures surrounding areas of concern and child protection. Recent training made available reinforced to staff how to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and highlighted the importance of responding in a timely and appropriate way. These may include:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in children’s general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect;
- children’s comments which give cause for concern;
- any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home; and/or inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children. For example: inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images.
The Academy buys into Safeguarding First Ltd who supports with audits, paper work and provides the necessary termly briefings and updates around safeguarding in the local area. The school has clear paperwork and recording systems when concerns arise. We also have good outside agency links. See the recently updated Safeguarding policy for more information.
All adults employed by Academy 360 have been thoroughly checked in line with safeguarding procedures.
Staff taking medication/other substances
Practitioners must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children at Academy 360. If practitioners are taking medication which may affect their ability to care for children, we advise those practitioners should seek medical advice. Currently we can confirm that the staff in the Early Years are not taking medication.
In the event of a member of staff at Academy 360 requiring medication we will ensure that those practitioners only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair that staff member’s ability to look after children properly. Staff medication on the premises is securely stored, and out of reach of children, at all times.
Staff qualifications, training, support and skills
The daily experience of children in early years settings and the overall quality of provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Academy 360 ensures that all staff including trainees receive induction training to help them understand their roles and responsibilities. Induction training includes information about emergency evacuation procedures, safeguarding, child protection, the provider’s equality policy, and health and safety issues. There are a number of opportunities for staff to engage in appropriate training and professional development to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for children that continually improves.
All staff have regular performance management reviews including teaching assistants. With reception class all staff have additional opportunities to discuss their practice and support and advice is provided by the EY lead.
Please refer to our whole school safeguarding page for more detailed information.