ACE Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils 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, pupils and staff at all of our schools.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
ACE has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, the school employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.
All of our staff undergo a comprehensive induction training programme which includes
Pivotal MAPA® programme which teaches management and intervention techniques to help staff cope with escalating behaviour in a professional and safe manner. It promotes consistent, calm adult behaviour to help create an environment of empathy, compassion and respect for all.
All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept. All staff have annual refresher training in Child Protection and Safeguarding
All staff receive training on CPOMS which our schools use to report safeguarding concerns to our Designated Safeguarding Leads and track interventions and support.
Where appropriate staff complete certificated First Aid training
Student attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, local authority Education Welfare Services, Social Care and the school Safeguarding team. Our schools work effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people
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 pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at ACE Schools 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.
ACE Schools Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Ruth Westwood Deputy Head Teacher 01752 396113 / Tim Mathias, AHT Behaviour and Attendance, Deputy DSL 01752 396133
The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Tim Mockford 01752 396142
For any other concerns please contact the Teacher-in-Charge or Pastoral Lead for the base your child attends.