Safer Schools Officer
At Sewell Park Academy we are committed to ensuring that every student at our Academy is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:
• Protect children and young people at our Academy from maltreatment
• Prevent impairment of children's and young people’s health or development
• Ensure that children and young people at our Academy grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of
safe and effective care
• Take action to enable all children and young people at our Academy to have optimum life chances and enter
adulthood successfully, which can include contacting Children’s Social Care in the case of a real concern about a child’s safety and wellbeing
• Follow robust procedures to protect young people from all forms peer on peer abuse
All our staff receive annual Safeguarding training and are well informed of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school to Mr Moore, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or Mr Tibble, Safeguarding Officer.
Our school adheres to the DfE's safeguarding documents Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 and The Prevent Duty 2015
All our Safeguarding policies and procedures can be read on the policies page. These include a flow chart on how SPA will respond to any allegations of sexual abuse between peers, following the Ofsted investigation arising from the Everyone's Invited website.
Sewell Park Academy is working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass
In order to achieve this, Norfolk Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present, with the DSL. On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse – Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in our Safeguarding Policy.
Why we take domestic abuse seriously:
1 in 4 women, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 6 men experience this nationally over the course of a lifetime. We use the term Domestic Abuse instead of Domestic Violence because abuse does not need to be physical.
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Coercion and Control has been made illegal since December 2015 and could lead to a fine, 5 years imprisonment or BOTH.
Key Contact Numbers
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 200 0247 for individuals and this is 24/7 and can access everything from refuge places to DASH assessments.
Norfolk Community Law Service: 01603 496623 for families to seek help getting legal advice
During Term Time you can contact SPA's Domestic Abuse Champion on 01603 411721