Keeping Children Safe in Education

At Magna Academy, we share a purpose with parents and carers:

  • to educate,
  • to keep children safe from harm and
  • to have their children's welfare promoted

We are totally committed to working with parents and carers positively, openly and honestly.

We ensure that all parents/carers are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents'/carers' rights to privacy and confidentiality, so we will not share any sensitive information until we have express permission or when it becomes necessary to protect a child.

Magna Academy will share with parents and carers any concerns we may have about their child unless doing so might place a child at risk of harm.

Magna Academy encourages all parents/carers to disclose any concerns they may have with us. We make parents aware of our Safeguarding and Child Proection Policies (click here to access the Our Policies page on this website).

Information about Safeguarding is readily available and highly visible in the Academy and we have links with the local community through our Pastoral Team that promote the welfare and safeguarding of students.

Important:
Should your child have a safeguarding/child protection file set up here, it will be kept by the Academy and will be transferred to any subsequent school. If there is no subsequent school, the file will be kept until your child attains the age of 25.

 

ZIPIT App

The ZIPIT App contain a lot of memes and images to send back to people that might have asked for sexual images.  This can take the presume off to send sexualised images.  The App can be downloaded for Android, Apple and Blackberry smartphones (an ipod touch).  It is free and can be accessed from this link:  childline.org.uk/sexting/zipit-app

 

Family Support

Please follow our link in the left-hand column to access the Family Lives website. Family Lives is a 24 hour parent-line service. Parents and carers can call about any family issue, big or small. They can email or speak with parent support workers or ask for access to Face to Face groups that are run nationally.

You may also like to visit the ThinkUKnow site. ThinkUKnow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, ThinkUKnow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) also has a very helpful and informative site.

Online Safety

It is important for parents that they have the tools and information to keep their children, no matter what age, safe online. With this in mind, we have created a range of links in the left-hand column that include Vodafone's Digital Parenting and NSPCC's Online Safety.

Domestic Abuse

This Academy receives information from the police to alert our Designated Safeguarding Lead when there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a household where a Magna Academy student lives. We are not informed of the detail of the incident, only that it has occurred. This allows us to monitor and to support the student(s) concerned.

If we have additional concerns we will discuss the need for further safeguarding actions with Social Care. This information would only be shared with other staff on a restricted need-to-know basis, i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the student(s)' welfare such as the form tutor.

Where a multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) occurs, the Academy may be asked for information and appropriate school-related information may be shared with the Academy after the meeting.
 

Families Hosting Language School Students

Borough of Poole has shared with us a leaflet that has been produced by the LSCB Safeguarding in Education Group in conjunction with the local language school safeguarding lead. The aim of this leaflet is to raise awareness with any family considering becoming a host family of the requirements of the agency to properly vet and support them.

You can download the leaflet here.
 

The Prevent Agenda

Magna Academy is committed to carring out its Prevent Duty in relation to the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015. The Prevent Strategy leaflet is available to read and download in the left-hand column of this page.

To learn more about this subject, please visit these external website resources by clicking the link in the left-hand column of this page:

 

Other Important Links

Dorset Police: Cut Your Strings (Controlling and Coercive Behaviour)