Safeguarding our students
Shenley Academy has a duty of care and is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
We have an open door policy so students can access support and guidance at all times.
We work in partnership with external agencies and professionals for specialised support where needed.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of yours or another child please talk to any teacher at the academy or you can speak directly to a member of the school’s safeguarding team.
Designated Safeguarding Officers:
Anonymous concerns can also be raised using the Sharp System.
The NSPCC Share Aware campaign has useful facts and advice for Parents/carers: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
Think U Know is a set of resources developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre at website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
Know IT All is a set of resources developed by Childnet International at website: http://www.childnet-int.org/kia
As part of our safeguarding arrangements, we have a two-way information sharing agreement in place with West Midlands Police. If you have any queries about the partnership policy, please contact Ruth Evans via: email@example.com
Child Criminal Exploitation
Criminal exploitation is also known as ‘county lines’ and is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.
You can find more information about Child Criminal Exploitation, including signs and where to get help from:
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children and young people are often tricked into believing they’re in a loving any consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they’re being abused.
You can find more information about CSE, including signs of CSE and where to get help from:
Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm. Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
You can find more information about Radicalisation, including signs and where to get help from:
Everyone has mental health – some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. Everyone’s mental health is different. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem. This can happen to anyone.
You can get more information about mental health, including signs of poor mental health, and where to get more help from:
Peer on Peer Abuse
Peer on peer abuse occurs when a young person (under 18 years old) is exploited, bullied and/or harmed by their peers, who are the same or similar age. Peer on peer abuse can include physical and sexual abuse, sexual harassment and violence, emotional harm, bullying (including cyberbullying) and teenage relationship abuse.
You can get more information about Peer on Peer Abuse from: