Child Protection and Safeguarding
The Department of Education, through Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2023), places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. At Guilsborough Academy we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students.
On occasions, a student may disclose information of a sensitive nature to a member of staff. When this happens, staff will listen and explain clearly and calmly to students that information about their safety may mean that other people have to be informed in order to support and safeguard them. They cannot promise to keep such information confidential.
When a member of staff has any child protection or welfare concerns about a student, they have a duty to report these concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school. In dealing with such instances we are legally required to follow Northamptonshire County Council’s procedures which may require us to refer to the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) team.
At Guilsborough Academy, we take our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students very seriously.Our ethos is clear, and we work tirelessly to give our students an environment where everyone feels safe and are respected, valued and fully supported.
Our designated safeguarding team, make the welfare of our students their priority. However, it is also the responsibility of all adults to safeguard our young people.To ensure this happens, all staff are involved in regular safeguarding training sessions.
Led by our safeguarding team, we work together to uphold our safe environment, identify any concerns early, and share information to ensure well-informed and timely actions can be taken when required.We work closely with the local authority and other appropriate external agencies to ensure the welfare of all our students. If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, please contact a member of the Safeguarding team.
Reporting Student Safeguarding Concerns
If you have a safeguarding concern please report it immediately by contacting;
Mrs E Phipp Assistant Principal (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Deputy Desiginated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs N York – Pastoral Manager
Mr C Hancock - Vice Principal
Miss G Keenes – Vice Principal
We also have a number of specialist staff who work to support our students by providing excellent pastoral care. These include our year teams as well as the school counsellor.
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (link) has lots of information and advice for professionals and parents/carers.
Alternatively, there is a CONFIDENTIAL email account which students can use to stop themselves or someone they have seen from suffering. If they have been having problems at school, home or with their family or friends, or if they feel that they can help to keep our academy a safe, friendly and fun place to be, they can get in touch using this email email@example.com.
Useful contact numbers/websites outside of school hours
MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
0300 126 1000 MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk
Young Northants (Website with helpful advice about a range of issues affecting young people)