Safeguarding

The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Parents can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. The academy encourages parents and children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress. It is important to us that parents and students see the academy as a safe place.

Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies who work closely with the academy. The academy will endeavour to work in partnership with parents at all times to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children's concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child's welfare.

The DALP Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you have any concerns relating to any student in our academy please contact one of the following designated staff:

Designated Senior Person: Miss D Percival - Vice Principal (Acting)

Deputy Designated Senior Person: Miss H Brothwell - Acting Director (Acting)

If you have any concerns or queries about safeguarding, please contact our designated leads by emailing at safeguarding@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk or calling 07736 193047.

Useful links
Queen Elizabeth's Academy is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of all students, especially online. The following links give useful advice to students and parents for staying safe online (please note, we cannot accept responsibility for the content of external websites):
-  CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
-  Childline - staying safe online 

In the event of a safeguarding issue when the academy is closed, please contact MASH on 0300 500 8090 or the academy's out of hours contact on 07736 193047 or safeguarding@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk 

FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL PARENTS AND CARERS:
MASH (the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) have made us aware of an online game/forum called Blue Whale.

Children involved are carving a whale/fish into their skin- predominantly on arms. The forum encourages the children to complete "challenges" some seeming innocent but others more sinister such as self harm, for 50 days, then on the 50th day commit suicide. There have been a number of deaths in Russia and Eastern Europe and the trend seems to have now reached Britain.

Can all parents and carers remain vigilant. If you have any suspicions we can help- please call school on 01623 623559 or MASH on 0300 500 80 90.

In addition to this MASH have also informed us of a dating app called Yellow - this particularly targets under 18s and is non-regulated. Again, if you have any concerns, we can help.

The PREVENT agenda continues to remain high profile for us here at QEA and across the county. Please remain vigilant and listen out for any instances of extremist behaviour or language. Again, we can help.

Remember - the safeguarding officers at QEA are Miss D Percival (Vice Principal) and Miss H Brothwell (Academy Director). Please do not hesitate to call to make a disclosure or seek support or advice.

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