Royston School Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.
We aim to:
- Raise awareness of safeguarding issues, equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Support pupils, in accordance with an agreed, child-centred plan.
- Establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and develop happily.
We recognise that because of their day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. Staff in schools will therefore:
- Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff.
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent, supportive response.
- Provide opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
To achieve our commitment to safeguarding young people, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust Safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of Safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.
Policies and Procedures
RSAT has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues. The school’s policies apply to the whole of the school’s workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the site. Staff recruitment is key and all staff (including volunteers ) have been appropriately checked for their suitability, using the Safer Recruitment procedures.
All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ in school. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately. Student attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate, for example, with parents/carers, Attendance Improvement Officer and the school Safeguarding team. RSAT works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people. If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at RSAT please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Link to document
RSAT Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Designated Safeguarding Team:
Single Central Record Manager = F. Piper and T. Sell
NHS Wellbeing Support for Parents
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access lifelong learning and employment, particularly recognising the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole.
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).
At RSAT, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety Issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
If you feel like someone has acted inappropriately towards you online via any form of social media you should report it. Each of the main social media applications have 'report abuse' buttons which you can use but you can also contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) using the link below:
Further Useful Links
Hertfordshire Grid for Learning (Link to http://www.thegrid.org.uk/eservices/safety/parents.shtml
Childnet Parents/Carers www.childnet-int.org/
Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk/
NESSie in Ed CIC is a Community Interest Company based at RSAT that supports children, families and schools with positive emotional and mental health. NESSie was founded in 2015 by Rachel Lambie (RSAT school counsellor and Dramatherapist) in response to high levels of need. Our academy has become a centre of excellence for emotional and mental health support that is funded to provide therapy and support to educational settings across North Herts, Stevenage and Essex.
Last year, Rachel Lambie and our Mental health Lead, Viv Ofstedahl were shortlisted for the national Allied Health Professionals Award for their training programme for families and professionals for self-harm.
Should you want further information regarding the support offered at RSAT, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Team or your Head of Year.