Bridgwater College Academy recognises that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all children, and especially those at risk of, or suffering from, abuse. Therefore at Bridgwater College Academy we have:
- An ethos where children feel secure and encouraged to talk, and are listened to. This is evidenced everyday through our agreed Academy values.
- Established that students know there are adults in the Academy who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
- Included in the curriculum activities and opportunities for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education which equip students with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse and which will help them develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life in Modern Britain.
- Ensured that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
The Bridgwater College Trust fully recognises its responsibilities with regard to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and Child Protection. The designated governor who oversees the Academy’s safeguarding is Ali Luckins.
All people who come into contact with children and their families have a role to play in safeguarding children. Bridgwater College academy has a designated Safeguarding Lead who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Nikki Doughty
Deputy Safeguarding Officer – Iain Drayton
The Child Protection policy can be found here
The Extremism and Radicalisation Parent Leaflet can be found here
Dr Barnado's Spot the Signs Leaflet can be found here
A guide to young people & social networking can be found here