The purpose of Sewell Park Academy’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil 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 our 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;
• Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our Academy to
have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
At Sewell Park Academy we are 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 Designated Safeguarding Lead.
On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead 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 the Safeguarding Policy.
To read the Safeguarding policy click here
For the Prevent duty Risk Assessment/Action Plan click here
For the Preventing Extremism & Radicalisation Policy click here
Qwell is a free support service providing people that are experiencing domestic abuse or have survived domestic abuse with a safe and secure means of accessing support with any emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. There are also resources available for their friends and family such are articles and forums.
Miss Atkinson and Mr McGeachin are Domestic Abuse Champions and can be contacted via the main reception.
Keeping safe online -
At Sewell Park Academy, we are committed to promoting online safety. The world of online apps, they content and users are fast changing. Through PSHE lessons, key messages from our Safer Schools Police Officer and ICT lessons, students are taught the importance of staying safe online.
Below are some new websites that have been in the media as being used for grooming purposes:
A new social media app called "Whisper". An anonymous social network that allows people to express themselves. This app allows you to connect with others with E private messaging and respond to other Whispers with your own anonymous Whispers. There have been incidents where older adults have made contact with children, requesting explicit pictures and to meet.
ICQ – A New App for free video call, chat and voice.
This is a new app with an age rating as low as 4 where young people can connect with almost anyone. The app boasts it's ‘very friendly video chat interface’ and ‘unlimited international chat rooms and channels.’ While this app claims to have a secure network and manageable privacy features, it also comes with its risks. You can video call using ‘masks’ where what you’re seeing may not be who you’re talking to.
The NSPCC regularly monitors social media and websites which may place children at risk:
Should you have any concerns about your child's online safety, please get in touch with Miss Burrows, Designated Safeguarding Lead or our Safer Schools Police Officer