Our Safeguarding Team
The John Wallis Academy Safeguarding Team
Here at the John Wallis Academy we pride ourselves on delivering a fully inclusive and supoportive approach to welfare and safeguarding. There is no point of having an academic curriculum that is fit for purpose, provides students with bespoke pathways and offers them numerous opportunities, if we are not developing mentally and physically healthy students.
Good safeguarding and welfare is underpinned by communication. Quick communication, effective communication, meaningful communication, honest communication and two-way communication. Because of this, there are a number of things that we have put in place to support this process;
- They all have access to our safeguarding email and direct mobile number.
- Parents will never have to phone the main switchboard, thus saving valuable time and giving you the peace of mind that any contact/messages are with the most appropriate and relevant people.
Keeping problems manageable and in perspective is critical. Effective welfare is about being calm and rational. Knee-jerk, short term and reactive decision making may provide an instant fix, but this approach very rarely leads to the long term and substantive solutions that best support student well-being.
All we ask from parents is that there is an open and honest link between the academy and home. We do not sit in judgement on any situation and our sole, driving aim is to ensure that students are in the best possible state, both physically and mentally to allow them to succeed at the academy.
What do we mean by Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. For example, as adults, we would always make sure that every child is safe from the normal day to day dangers - crossing the road safely, what they put in their mouths, playing with sharp object, etc.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Child protection is focused on three keys area:
- Causing themselves significant harm, including death
- Causing somebody else significant harm, including death
- significant harm, including death being caused to them
This section of the website has been designed for both parents and professionals. There are a number of links to key documentation, Government policies, research articles and news pieces that help to explain and navigate the often complicated and difficult minefield that is child protection.
It will hopefully debunk some of the myths and misconceptions that surround this often delicate and sensitive area and provide real and practical advice on a whole range of subjects.
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