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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester
Academy

Safeguarding

We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in our care seriously. 

All staff at the academy undertake annual safeguarding training.  This training is at the beginning of the academic year and then provided to any new staff or those who have been absent or on leave when they start or return to the academy.   

Parents, contract workers and students can report safeguarding concerns directly to the Safeguarding Team on safeguarding@tbowa.org. 

Important Contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Amanda Hooper Vice Principal
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Ms Dawn Gibbs Education Social Worker
Safeguarding Lead Mrs Sarah Hatton Head of Administrative Services
Safeguarding Lead Mrs Allison Jones ELSA
Safeguarding Lead Mrs Simmone Lewendon Deputy Vice Principal
Prevent Lead Ms Dawn Gibbs Education Social Worker
Designated Lead for Looked After Children Mrs Carole Jeans Deputy SENCO
Designated Lead for Looked After Children

Mrs Angela Tai

SEN and Inclusion Specialist
SENCO George Leighton SENCO
Online Safety Champion Mrs Suzie Jones Head of Computer Science
Antibullying Champion Miss Lauren Seward Student Support Team
Safeguarding Link Governor Rev D Thompson Governor

Staff use MyConcern to report safeguarding concerns which is monitored daily by the Safeguarding Team.

Parents and carers can find out more about keeping children safe by visiting Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership.  Subscribing to the PDSCP email list will keep you updated and informed of both local and national developments as well as ideas on keeping children safe.  

If you feel that your child would benefit from emotional health provision please contact your child's Head of year in the first instance.  They will then work with you to suggest the most suitable support and provision available.  

If you have serious concerns because you think that a child might be being abused (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect) or at risk of radicalisation you should contact the Children's First Response Hub on 01202 123334 or at childrensfirstresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

If you believe there is an immediate threat or risk to a child please contact the police by dialling 999.

You can find a copy of our Child Protection Policy here and the latest copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education can be found here

Safeguarding Information Leaflet 

Operation Encompass

The academy is part of Operation Encompass.  This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience domestic abuse.  

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about domestic abuse indicants with us prior to the start of the next school day if they have been called to a domestic incident.  Schools hold on file any domestic abuse alert connected to any student in the school that happens between parents/carers

Our keys members of staff for this are:

Ms Dawn Gibbs, Education Social Worker - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Amanda Hooper, Vice Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

Language Schools - Safeguarding and host families

There are increasing concerns about the practice of a few unaccredited language school in the borough.  The council have worked with RALSA, a group of local accredited language schools, to produce a leaflet for parents/carers.  This is to make families aware of the safeguarding regulations relating to becoming a host family for others. 

 

Latest Internet Safety

 

Volunteers and Visitors

All volunteers and visitors are provided with information which introduces them to the academy's policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding.  As part of their visit they will be expected to read this information summary.  

We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.  The The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed staff.  Parents, Governors and other volunteers who help regularly within the academy or its activities will require a DBS check.  

 

Allegations against our staff

If there is an allegation about a member of staff please contact Mrs Sarah Hatton, Head of Administrative Services on 07584239476 or by email to sarah.hatton@tbowa.org

 

Useful Links

 

BCP Children's Services First Response

MASH Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub 

T. 01202 123334 Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.15pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.45pm or email.


Out of hours
The Children's Social Care Out of Hour's service is the emergency response service for any child who is in crisis, needs urgent help or is at serious risk of significant harm. Hours of operation are 5.00pm to 9.00am from Monday to Friday, all day Saturdays and Sundays and all bank holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Their phone number is 01202 738256 or email childrensoohs@bcpcouncil.gov.uk 

Domestic Abuse
Additional advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available here and here.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000247

Poole Domestic Abuse Outreach: 01202 710777.


Prevent
Educate against hate - help with radicalisation and extremism, and encouraging resilience in young people.


Criminal exploitation
NSPCC Criminal exploitation - this website contains information on how to spot the signs of criminal exploitation and involvement in gangs and what support is available for children and young people.


Rail/road/water safety
Network Rail safety - raising awareness of safety on the railways.

The RNLI have a lot of information on offer about water safety.

Here you can find out about education resources available regarding road safety.


Harmful sexual abuse
The link to the local procedures is here and the NSPCC is also useful.
 

Drugs and alcohol
The link to the YADAS service is here.
 

Anti bullying
The Anti-bullying Alliance provides a lot of advice for parents and young people.


Dorset Police
The Dorset Police website information on child sexual exploitation.

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