Safeguarding

Safeguarding at Orchard Mead Academy

 

At Orchard Mead Academy we are absolutely committed to creating a happy and safe environment for all members of our academy community. We work closely with students, their parents and carers in order to ensure that our young people are safe both inside and outside of school.

Students are taught how to keep themselves safe through PSHE lessons, tutorials and other wider experiences such as taking part in workshops and watching performances. At Orchard Mead Academy we aim to ensure that all students learn how to keep themselves safe both on and off-line, how to have safe and healthy relationships and how to avoid exploitation.

The academy has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular with the police, Children’s Services and Health. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer any concerns that they do have on to the most relevant agent. In most instances, the academy will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral and will ensure that the parent/carer is fully informed of the action that the school has taken. However, on occasion the academy may be advised by Children’s Social Care or by the police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.

To ensure that all members of our academy are safe and well we liaise closely with the following agencies:

• Local Safeguarding and Children Board
• Children and Young People’s Services
• Child Protection Unit
• School Health
• CAHMS
• Educational Psychology
• Open Door Leicester
• Looked After Children Service

Safeguarding Team

If you have a concern about a student at Orchard Mead Academy please contact a DSL by using the contact form below or by contacting the Academy Office. All emails sent using the contact form below are received by all DSL’s at the Academy (Designated Safeguarding Lead) who will be able to support you.

    Ms Katie Lowe
    Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead-Assistant Principal (Safeguarding)

    Ms Vicki Hill
    Safeguarding Officer

    Ms Molly  Springthorpe

    Safeguarding Officer

    You can contact the safeguarding team during school hours via telephone on 0116 2413371 or via email : [email protected]

    Should you need to report a safeguarding concern of an urgent nature outside of our reception opening hours (8am to 5pm Mon – Fri), please contact the police on 999 or Duty and Assessment on 0116 4541004.

    Operation Encompass
    All schools in Leicester City and Leicestershire are part of a safeguarding initiative which aims to improve outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
    This scheme has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that might have an impact on a child that attends their school.  The approach, known as Operation Encompass, is also used nationally, and is run in partnership with Leicestershire Police. During the school term our Designated Safeguarding Lead is informed when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the police and one of our pupils was in the household. It will not give any details about the incident.
    This was introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a big impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening. This information is used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to our pupils. The information will remain confidential and only shared on a strictly need-to-know basis, for example with the class teacher. It will not be shared with any pupils.
    If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire& Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028 or visit https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-community/emergencies-safety-and-crime/domestic-and-sexual-abuse/
    We look to offer the best support possible for our pupils and believe that this scheme is beneficial and supportive for all those involved – it has been found to be an effective way of supporting children at a difficult time in their lives.

    September 2022 update
    Building upon the national success of Operation Encompass, police are expanding the information that they are sharing confidentially with the safeguarding leads in schools.
    As part of the Operation Encompass Information Sharing Platform our Police Force will also share with the Designated Safeguarding Lead information about police attended incidents where they feel that there has been a tangible impact upon a child’s physical, emotional or mental well-being.   This is a phased rollout that started on 19th September 2022.
    This confidential information is shared so that our school can better understand children’s living experience and can support, nurture and care for them more effectively.
    Our Designated Safeguarding Lead has attended a briefing about this information sharing and has disseminated information to the Safeguarding Councillor and to all members of staff.
    More information about Operation Encompass including their statement can be found on their website www.operationencompass.org

    Read the update here: 2022 09 23 Operation Encompass

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