Chiltern Hills Academy A Church of England Academy

Safeguarding

All children have the right to grow up safe from harm.

No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works at the Academy has a responsibility to make sure that all our students are safe. The staff responsible for Safeguarding who should be contacted if you are concerned about the safety of a student are:

Mrs Jo Conway

Vice Principal and
Designated Safeguarding Lead “DSL”

Telephone: 01494 782066
Ext: 219
Email: Mrs Conway

Mrs Gaynor Fulton-Willis

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead ”DDSL”

Telephone:  01494 782066
Ext: 121
Email: Mrs Fulton-Willis

For further guidance the Academy’s Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

How would I know if a child was being harmed or radicalised?

Young people will sometimes talk to an adult if they are being harmed.

Adults visiting or working on the Academy site play an important part in the life of the Academy.  You can play a part in keeping students safe whilst working at or visiting the Academy by observing the following guidelines. It is possible that you might notice something unusual that leads you to think a student might be the victim of abuse within or outside of school. This may be a physical sign or something about a student’s behaviour. If you think a student is being harmed you must not keep it to yourself, even if the child asks you to. You have a duty to pass the information on to protect the child in the future. You will not get into trouble if you do.

Trust your instincts and help prevent tragedies; this includes anyone who is showing signs of becoming radicalised. Report it if you notice:

  • Extreme views and opinions
  • Expressions of support for radical groups and ideologies
  • A radical change in behaviour

If I am concerned that a student in the Academy is being harmed, what action should I take?

You must tell Mrs Jo Conway or Mrs Fulton-Willis who are the staff responsible for Safeguarding in the Academy as soon as possible. If they are not available, tell Mr Patrick, the Principal.

If a student makes a disclosure to you: 

  • Listen to them without interruption, accepting what is said and avoiding asking leading questions
  • Reassure the person they have done the right thing
  • Do not promise confidentiality.  Explain that you will need to talk to someone else
  • Report the matter to Mrs Conway immediately.
  • If you have any concerns that a student may be at risk of harm:
  • Report it immediately to Mrs Conway who can be contacted via the school office 
  • Do not discuss your concerns with the student or other adults
  • Do not carry out an investigation.
  • If you receive an allegation about any person or about yourself:
  • Report the matter to Mrs Conway immediately
  • Do not investigate it yourself.

If you have any concerns that a student may be at risk of harm:

  • Report it immediately to Mrs Conway who can be contacted via the school office 
  • Do not discuss your concerns with the student or other adults
  • Do not carry out an investigation.
  • If you receive an allegation about any person or about yourself:
  • Report the matter to Mrs Conway immediately
  • Do not investigate it yourself.

If you receive an allegation about any person or about yourself:

  • Report the matter to Mrs Conway immediately
  • Do not investigate it yourself.

Safeguarding for Visitors 

Concerned about a child's welfare? Report it here.