The Academy is committed to the vital contribution all Governors and staff can make to safeguarding children. We will strive to make sure that every student in the Academy feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential. The Academy has created a culture within which student voice is a high priority and values itself as a listening school.
We will ensure all our own staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.
We aim to ensure that all safeguarding and welfare concerns or referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual student. Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.
The Academy will work hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us.
A copy of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found below.
Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer and Prevent Lead (DSL) is Mrs Kate Ives
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer and Family Support Worker (DDSL) is Mrs Hilary-Anne Buckhurst
Designated Anti-bullying members of staff are Mrs. Hilary-Ann Buckhurst and Mrs Gillian Stockwell
Designated staff member to support students with medical needs and SIC Officer is Mrs Lydia Andrew
Designated staff member responsible for supporting Looked after Children is Mrs Hilary-Anne Buckhurst
Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Child protection and First Aid and Medicines is Mr Christopher Carr
Designated member of staff with responsibility for Health and Safety is Mr Tony Conboy
Academy's Attendance Manager is Mrs Rebecca Halka
Attendance Officer is Miss Stephanie Tucker
Behaviour Manager is Mrs Beverly Lamarque
The contact details are:
Mrs Ives DSL Mobile: 07715053077
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Rita Dada, Lead for Education Safeguarding, Quality Assurance Unit
T: 0208 461 7669 or 0208 313 4325 (via the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board)
A whistleblowing helpline is available from the NSPCC - 0800 028 02825.
The Prevent Duty and "Channel"
The Academy has a Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our Academy ethos.
1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
HGABD opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
The Academy will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”. Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:
- identifying individuals at risk
- assessing the nature and extent of that risk
- developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism.
The Educate Against Hate website has been created by the Department for Education and the Home Office to give parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice and support to help keep children safe from the dangers of extremism.
Other useful sites:
Sex and relationships
Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for both student and parents. At HGBAR we will soon be teaching our students about Mindfulness. But in the meantime, there are ways to ease the stress. Guides to coping with exam stress can be found at the bottom of this page
The online world is becoming vaster with young people using social media sites and the internet, to explore opportunities for learning and creativity. However, while the internet is a great resource, as always, there are risks and dangers that every student should be aware of to help protect themselves and be safe online. The Academy teaches e-safety via our PSHE curriculum, but you may also find the below resources useful.
- Keeping your child safe online - a checklist for parents and carers
- Cyberbullying - what it is and what to do about it
- Accessing inappropriate websites
- Facebook - parents' guide
- Online grooming - the risks children face online
You'll also find a wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website which was created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:
- what children are doing online
- how to talk to children about what they are doing online
- what risks your child might face
- what tools are there to help them stay safe.
Our E-Safety Policy can be accessed from the link at the bottom of this page. Should you have any concerns about your child's e-safety, there is always someone at the Academy who is available to talk to you. Simply call the school and ask for our Safeguarding Officers, or speak to any member of staff.
Although the Academy teaches students e-safety as part of the PSHE curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
Below has some helpful resources for parents/carers that will enable you to help your child stay safe online.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - Created by the police for parents of children at secondary school.
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice
www.cybermentors.org.uk – Online support for children
www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.
www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware - the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks
www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd - an e-safety presentation from Childnet International
www.saferinternetday.org - a day that is used to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, but they also provide year round training days
https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-council-for-child-internet-safety-ukccis - The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
http://parentinfo.org/article/the-5-digital-parenting-rules-that-really-matter - Parent Info - From CEOP and Parent Zone - 'The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter.'
http://parentinfo.org/article/setting-safety-and-privacy-settings-for-social-media-apps - Parent Info - From CEOP and Parent Zone - 'Setting Safety and Privacy settings for Social Media Apps.'
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ - Online Safety - NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/ - Sexting - NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ - Share Aware - NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/questions-parenting-digital-age/ - 12 Questions answered about parenting in the digital age - NSPCC
https://www.getsafeonline.org/ - Get Safe Online