Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children underpin the school’s support for our students.
We have a legal duty to protect children from maltreatment; prevent impairment of children’s health or development; ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The Local Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our Trust to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, we have a legal duty to take action to protect that child. We also have a duty to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kate Nichols, is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. The DSL’s provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.
At Burnt Mill Academy we are committed to Safer Recruitment. The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be requested for any successful candidates prior to appointment in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation.
When concerns or allegations involve members of staff the Headteacher will be informed immediately. The school will then follow the Essex Local Authority procedures for managing allegations against staff. In the event of an allegation against the Headteacher the Chair of the Local Governing Body will be informed who will seek the advice of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
Designated safeguarding lead - Kate Nichols