Upperwood
Academy

Safeguarding

As a school we have a moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard all pupils in our care. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are valued and respected.

As a staff we are alert to all signs of abuse and neglect in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Hirst is the designated Safeguarding Lead for our school. Mrs Merrills is our deputy designated Safeguarding Lead.

They attend training every two years to ensure school adheres to all safeguarding procedures and policies.

Kath Williams is the school safeguarding Governor.

Mrs Hirst's e-mail address is: k.hirst@upperwoodacademy.com

In our increasingly digital world, it is more important than ever that children understand how to be safe online. Whether on computers and laptops, tablets or mobile phones, even the television, children can connect to the internet and interact with the entire world.

At Upperwood, we recognise that the online world brings enormous benefits to all our lives; research, communication, entertainment and information all at the touch of a button. However it is extremely important children recognise the dangers that can be found online and take steps to avoid, and report these.

Please see the parent tab for more information about keeping safe online, including some helpful parent guides.

I know that this is a difficult and potentially frightening situation for all of us. The NSPCC has asked us to share some links with you. The Childline link is for children and anyway you have of reminding children that ChildLine is there if they need someone to talk to would be fantastic.
​More children will be spending time online and will likely talk online to strangers more during this time and we want to keep them safe:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
 
This is support for parents who may be struggling with their own issues and are now having to provide constant care to their children: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/ 
 
Some children may begin to experience mental health issues do to the lockdown situation: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/in-the-home/ 
 
Parents may struggle to talk to their children about health, bereavement and family illness during this time, as well as other difficult topics: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/talking-about-difficult-topics/ 
 
For children to access if they need someone to talk to: https://www.childline.org.uk/ 

Mrs Hirst

Mrs Hirst

Mrs Merrills

Mrs Merrills