Protecting children is everybody's business ...
All our staff are trained in Evacuation, Invacuation and Lockdown
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is our Principal Mrs Katie Thornton
You can contact our DSL on 0161 770 5350
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is our Vice Principal Mr Tim Roach
Our other Senior Leaders in school, Mrs Buckley (Early Years Leader), Ms Murgatroyd (KS1 Leader) and Mr Chadderton (KS2 Leader), are all DSL-trained.
Greenacres Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding every child. Please refer to the following documents used in school for further information...
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022-2023
Greenacres Safeguarding Policy 2022-2023
Sharing nudes and semi-nudes Advice for schools and parents
Sexual Violence and Harassment
What to do if you are worried about a child being abused
Additional advice and support
There is a wealth of information available to support schools and colleges. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:
Supporting practice in tackling child sexual abuse - CSA Centre Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has free evidence-based practice resources to help professionals working with children and young people to identify and respond appropriately to concerns of child sexual abuse.
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused – DfE advice
Faith based abuse: National Action Plan - DfE advice
Disrespect NoBody campaign - GOV.UK - Home Office website
Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy – Home Office policy paper
Together we can stop child sexual abuse – HM Government campaign
Children missing from education, home or care
Children missing education - DfE statutory guidance
Children with family members in prison
National Information Centre on Children of Offenders - Barnardo’s in partnership with HM Prison and Probation Service
Modern slavery: how to identify and support victims – HO statutory guidance
Child exploitation disruption toolkit - HO statutory guidance
County Lines Toolkit For Professionals - The Children's Society in partnership with Victim Support and National Police Chiefs’ Council
Gillick competency Fraser guidelines - Guidelines to help with balancing children’s rights along with safeguarding responsibilities.
Information and advice on drugs - Talk to Frank website
(so called) “Honour Based Abuse” including FGM and forced marriage
Female genital mutilation: information and resources- Home Office guidance
Forced marriage - Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) resources
Forced marriage - Government multi-agency practice guidelines and multi-agency statutory guidance
Health and Well-being
Supporting pupils at schools with medical conditions - DfE statutory guidance
Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities – Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities guidance
Government information sharing advice - Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.
Information Commissioner's Office: Data sharing information hub - Information to help schools and colleges comply with UK data protection legislation including UK GDPR.
Childnet provide guidance for schools on cyberbullying
Educateagainsthate provides practical advice and support on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
London Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements
NSPCC E-safety for schools provides advice, templates, and tools on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements
Safer recruitment consortium “guidance for safe working practice”, which may help ensure staff behaviour policies are robust and effective
Searching screening and confiscation is departmental advice for schools on searching children and confiscating items such as mobile phones
South West Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements
Use of social media for online radicalisation - A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq
Online Safety Audit Tool from UK Council for Internet Safety to help mentors of trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers induct mentees and provide ongoing support, development and monitoring
UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online
Online safety- Remote education, virtual lessons and live streaming
Guidance Get help with remote education resources and support for teachers and school leaders on educating pupils and students
Departmental guidance on safeguarding and remote education including planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely
National cyber security centre guidance on choosing, configuring and deploying video conferencing
UK Safer Internet Centre guidance on safe remote learning
Online Safety- Support for children
Childline for free and confidential advice
UK Safer Internet Centre to report and remove harmful online content
Online safety- Parental support
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, and to find out where to get more help and support
Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents – This is the Children’s Commissioner’s parental guide on talking to their children about online sexual harassment
#Ask the awkward – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre guidance to parents to talk to their children about online relationships
Private fostering: local authorities - DfE statutory guidance
Prevent duty guidance- Home Office guidance
Educate Against Hate website - DfE and Home Office advice
Serious violence strategy - Home Office Strategy
Sexual violence and sexual harassment
Barnardo's - UK charity caring for and supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people through their range of services.
Lucy Faithful Foundation - UK-wide child protection charity dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. They work with families affected by sexual abuse and also run the confidential Stop it Now! Helpline.
Marie Collins Foundation – Charity that, amongst other things, works directly with children, young people, and families to enable their recovery following sexual abuse.
NSPCC - Children's charity specialising in child protection with statutory powers enabling them to take action and safeguard children at risk of abuse.
Rape Crisis - National charity and the umbrella body for their network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres.
Harmful sexual behaviour
NICE guidance contains information on, amongst other things: developing interventions; working with families and carers; and multi-agency working.
HSB toolkit The Lucy Faithfull Foundation - designed for parents, carers, family members and professionals, to help everyone play their part in keeping children safe. It has links to useful information, resources, and support as well as practical tips to prevent harmful sexual behaviour and provide safe environments for families.
NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour and NSPCC -Harmful sexual behaviour framework- free and independent advice about HSB.
Contextual Safeguarding Network – Beyond Referrals (Schools) provides a school self-assessment toolkit and guidance for addressing HSB in schools.
Preventing harmful sexual behaviour in children - Stop It Now provides a guide for parents, carers and professionals to help everyone do their part in keeping children safe, they also run a free confidential helpline.
Support for Victims
Anti-Bullying Alliance - Detailed information for anyone being bullied, along with advice for parents and schools. Signposts to various helplines and websites for further support.
Rape Crisis - Provide and signpost to a range of services to support people who have experienced rape, child abuse or any kind of sexual violence.
The Survivors Trust- UK-wide national umbrella agency with resources and support dedicated to survivors of rape, sexual violence and child sex abuse.
Victim Support - Supporting children and young people who have been affected by crime. Also provides support to parents and professionals who work with children and young people – regardless of whether a crime has been reported or how long ago it was.
Childline provides free and confidential advice for children and young people.
ask AVA - The Ask AVA prevention platform has been created to support education practitioners across the UK to develop and deliver a comprehensive programme to stop Violence Against Women and Girls.
NSPCC - Online Self-assessment tool to ensure organisations are doing everything they can to safeguard children.
NSPCC - Resources which help adults respond to children disclosing abuse.
Safeguarding Unit, Farrer and Co. and Carlene Firmin, MBE, University of Bedfordshire -Peer-on-Peer Abuse toolkit provides practical guidance for schools on how to prevent, identify early and respond appropriately to peer-on-peer abuse.
Contextual Safeguarding Network – self-assessment toolkit for schools to assess their own response to HSB.
Childnet - STAR SEND Toolkit equips, enables and empowers educators with the knowledge to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Childnet - Just a joke? provides lesson plans, activities, a quiz and teaching guide designed to explore problematic online sexual behaviour with 9-12 year olds.
Childnet - Step Up, Speak Up a practical campaign toolkit that addresses the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13-17 years old.
NSPCC - Harmful sexual behaviour framework an evidence-informed framework for children and young people displaying HSB.
Contextual Safeguarding Network – Beyond Referrals - Schools leavers for addressing HSB in schools.
Farrer & Co: Addressing child on child abuse: a resource for schools and colleges. This resource provides practical guidance for schools and colleges on how to prevent, identify early and respond appropriately to child-on-child abuse.
Sharing nudes and semi-nudes
London Grid for Learning-collection of advice - Various information and resources dealing with the sharing of nudes and semi-nudes.
UKCIS Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people - Advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi-nudes.
Support for parents/carers
NCA CEOP Thinkuknow: Advice/resources on how to deal with concerns about what children may be doing online including advice on how to help challenge harmful sexual attitudes and start a conversation to support positive sexual behaviour.