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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is a priority in our school.

Atam Academy’s Safeguarding statement:

Atam Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.


What we do to safeguard students at Atam Academy

Pastoral support:

  • Students assigned a tutor to take an especial interest in them
  • Strong pastoral system to support students’ welfare
  • Close liaison with parents/carers
  • An established ethos of encouraging students to speak to staff about problems either their own or their friends’
  • Student Support Worker to support students with emotional needs
  • Clinical Psychologist time purchased by the school to support students’ good mental health
  • Programmes to support identified students’ emotional well-being e.g. managing emotions, building positive relationships, managing pressure
  • Referrals made to outside agencies if support is needed beyond the expertise available in school


Clear expectations and action to maintain a safe environment:

  • Policies and practices covering: safeguarding and child protection including self-harm and radicalisation, e-safety, health and safety, anti-bullying, racism, discrimination and whistle-blowing
  • Comprehensive behaviour policy and systematic and graduating sanction and reward systems
  • Supervised student dismissal at the end of the day and the local area is monitored by senior staff
  • Close monitoring of student attendance with calls to parents/carers if student are absent or late without prior notice
  • Safer recruitment practice followed and security checks made on all staff employed and volunteers working in the school
  • Staff receive regular safeguarding training; five members of staff trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Close working relationship with the schools’ police


Educating students

  • LEARNING FOR LIFE (PSHE) lessons covering safeguarding issues e.g. anti-bullying, assertive behaviour, e-safety, healthy relationships
  • A variety of safety messages delivered to students via assemblies and in the weekly student form time


Safety and Security on site:

  • Secure site needing security pass entry
  • Security cameras in the playground and corridor
  • Filtered internet access
  • Monitoring and checking anything accessed or written on school computer/ICT devices, following up on any concerns
  • Risk assessments carried out for offsite activities and for students with specific difficulties
  • First aiders in the school, covering Primary and Secondary areas
  • Staff and students wear identification badges