Ash Grove Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed below.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical, emotional and sexual harm or neglect and are required to report these to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. All concerns are passed to trained Designated Safeguarding Officers in school in compliance with the sharing of information guidance. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Judith Ceuppens. She is supported by the Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead Katy Ghorbanian, and the Other Deputy Designated Officers, Amanda Thompson and Sally Veale. Our nominated governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Katie Siddall.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Ash Grove Academy, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers in school who will know who to contact for the best advice and help and are experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality. You can find our contact details via our Contact Us page, or alternatively you can send our Designated Safeguarding Officers an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.