Safeguarding

The Beacon of Light School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.

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Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance and we welcome, value and support every child to the best of our abilities and resources.

We recognise that some young people may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise too that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth, unable to view the world in a positive way.

Within the school, their behaviour may be challenging. We also recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach to provide the best possible care for all our students.

Everyone working in, or on the behalf of the school, shares a strong commitment to help keep our students and young people safe through:

  • Providing a safe environment for our students to learn and develop within our School setting and more widely externally, in collaboration with other academies and other partners and,
  • Identifying students who are suffering or who are likely to suffer significant harm, and who will take prompt and appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are safe at home and within the school.

We work tirelessly to ensure that safeguarding and child protection principles and process are systematically and consistently applied, but are not complacent, recognising that it is still possible that issues and concerns may arise in the best-prepared environments.

Accordingly, we are constantly vigilant and through for example promoting high standards of professional behaviour, constant awareness- raising and a pro-active approach to safeguarding, we seek at all times to be alert to all potential concerns.

In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect learners from:

  • neglect
  • physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse
  • gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls
  • radicalisation or extremist behaviour
  • child sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
  • teenage relationship abuse
  • substance misuse
  • issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and
  • youth violence
  • domestic violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
  • any other issues that pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults

Parents/carers should be aware that The Beacon of Light will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our learners.

Where we are concerned a learner may be at risk of significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect of other forms of abuse, we have no alternative but to follow Sunderland Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures https://www.safeguardingchildrensunderland.com/ or Durham’s Safeguarding Children’s board Procedures can be found at www.durham-lscb.org.uk/

If you are concerned about a child:

  • Make a factual record of your concern.
  • Include day, date, time, other witnesses (if any), concerns and your signature.

An electronic copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are available to download from our website, or a hard copy can be requested directly from school by writing to Beacon of Light School, Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN.

 

Local Authority Designated Officer (Formerly known as the LADO)

Sunderland

Durham

South Tyneside (Hilary Bagley)

 

Discuss any concerns with:

Lindsay Howells Deputy Principal/SENCo, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Denise Taylor Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead

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