At Kedington Primary Academy the safeguarding of our pupils is of paramount importance. Our process and protocols for safeguarding children ensure that we meet the expectations outlined by the Department for Education in their 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' document that you can access by clicking here.

In our school we establish and maintain an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something. We also have things like 'worry boxes' in each class and regular opportunities for children to complete a slip, finishing off the sentence 'I wish my teacher knew ...' to give them opportunities to share any worries. Each child also identifies an 'emotionally available adult' amongst the staff. We explain to the children that this is someone who will touch base with them regularly and who they feel they are comfortable to talk to if they need to.

All staff and regular visitors will, either through training or induction, know how to recognise a disclosure from a child or will know how to manage this. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what their chosen adult will have to do with whatever they have been told.

We will do this by endeavouring to work in partnership with other agencies and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. As part of our ongoing Safeguarding work our staff are trained around the Prevent Strategy to prevent pupils from being radicalised. Our policies and procedures outline the ways in which we maintain a culture of vigilance to protect from radicalisation.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Alhquist ( Head of School) and the Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Doherty (Executive Headteacher),  Miss Jolland and Mrs Newstead. Our safeguarding governor is Kat Umande. All members of staff can be contacted with any safeguarding issues. Our Online Safety Lead, Prevent Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care is Mrs Doherty.

All members of staff are DBS checked and have Level 1 Safeguarding training, whilst the Designated Safeguarding Leads have Level 3 Safeguarding training. The Governing Body are also DBS checked and have completed their Safeguarding training.

Please click here to view our Safeguarding Policy and our Child Protection Procedures.