Safeguarding

Aspire works to ensure every student is safe and protected from harm. Aspire believes this is a shared responsibility and this is reliant upon effective collaborative working between agencies and professionals. Aspire fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting; promoting the welfare of all.

The focus of Safeguarding within Aspire is prevention, protection and support. Aspire recognises that children sometimes suffer abuse from those responsible for caring and protecting them. Abuse can take place within any socio-economic group, it can occur at home or within institutions such as schools.

How it works within the Academy

When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our Academy they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place.

All new appointments are made with a member of staff certified by the DfE in ‘Safer Recruitment in Education’. Every new member of staff or volunteer will have an induction period including the training in essential safeguarding information.

All regular visitors and volunteers to Aspire are told where our policy can be accessed, they are provided with a set of safeguarding procedures. This policy is referred to in our Academy prospectus and parents are reminded about it through Academy communications. The policy is revisited and updated and amended when necessary.

When new students join our school, all parents and carers are informed that we have a safeguarding policy. This is available as a hard copy to parents should they request a copy. You can request a hard copy by contacting Anouska Gardner or Maxine Lane at Aspire. An electronic copy can be found in ‘About’, under ‘Academy Policies’.

Legal Information

The Children’s Act 1989, section 27 and 47, and the Children’s Act 2004 state that: it is the duty of the schools to act “…to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: ‘Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health and development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking this role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.’

Effective child protection is essential to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All agencies should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.

Who to contact?

The child protection coordinator at Aspire Hull is Anouska Gardner (Vice Principal)

Anouska Gardner can be contacted by either calling Aspire or by emailing safeguarding@aspirehull.com

Where there are concerns for the welfare of a student within the Academy, these must be communicated immediately to the designated child protection coordinator.

If the designated child protection coordinator is unavailable concerns must be communicated to Maxine Lane.

You may also find the following website helpful:

NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk
Child line – www.childline.org.uk
Barnardos – www.barnardos.org.uk

Please see our safeguarding policy under policies