Mrs Lisa Howard
Designated Safeguarding Lead
I am the first point of contact for all safeguarding concerns within school, working closely with our Headteacher and partner agencies.
I have worked in this school as a DSL for 9 years and prior to this I worked for the West Midlands Police as a Child Protection Officer.
I also lead on anti-bullying initiatives as the safety and well-being of our students is paramount.
If you have any safeguarding issues, contact me in school or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding incorporates all we do to ensure children grow up in circumstances that are safe, to protect them from maltreatment and to prevent the impairment of their health and development.
Child protection is the activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm. This could be from a single traumatic event or an accumulation of significant events which interrupt or damage the child’s physiological or psychological development.
Legislation places responsibilities on school staff in the identification, prevention and management of child abuse and of safeguarding children from harm. Staff in schools are well placed to notice changes in children’s behaviour, injuries and other indicators of abuse. As trusted adults they may also receive disclosures from pupils about issues relevant to their safety. David Nieper Academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and young people and support them in school.
The Safeguarding Children Board have laid down guidelines to be followed in relation to safeguarding children and these have been used in reviewing and developing our policy.
There are 3 main elements to our safeguarding policy
- Support to students and staff
The policy applies to all staff, teaching and support, full or part time, supply or agency, volunteer helpers or students on placement.
To access the full Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy please see the Policy and Procedures area.
More information for parents and children about safeguarding issues can be found on the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Boards website.
The internet is a wonderful place to help students discover new facts, research for homework and keep in touch with friends. There are also dangers so we encourage all students and their parents/carers to discuss e-safety and learn how they can keep safe when online.
These top tips and much more advice can be found at http://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary:
- Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
- Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
- Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you’ve lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
- Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
- Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
Safeguarding update – Omegle Chat Room
Omegle is a free chat room which allows anyone to connect with other users and a login is not required. This forum presents serious internet dangers and safeguarding concerns. Please visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/ for free expert advice to help keep your son/daughter safe online and Mrs Howard, our Safeguarding Lead, is always available to provide support.
PREVENT: New Counter-Terrorism website ACT Early
Between 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2020, 17 children were arrested in relation to terrorism offences. Some were as young as 14 years old and nearly all were radicalised entirely online.
In the same time period, more than 1500 children under the age of 15 were referred to the Prevent programme to help them choose a different path, away from hatred and violence.
The impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online has created a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.
The new website emphasises early detection and is aimed at family and friends and are encouraged to call the Prevent advice line on 0800 011 3764 or visit the website www.actearly.uk
This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.
This may mean talking to students about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and school activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.