Safeguarding

Young People’s Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures and policies are in place to support pupils and staff at school and follow the guidance of Keeping Children Safe in Education January 2021. If a pupil or parent has a concern they should contact the school immediately.

COVID-19 SAFEGUARDING UPDATE: please see the Covid-19 annex to our safeguarding policy for details of how we continue to safeguard students through the coronavirus pandemic.

Young People’s Academy Covid-19 safeguarding annex

Please see our Child Protection, Adult Protection and Safeguarding Policy for further details.

Child Protection, Adult Protection and Safeguarding Policy

If anyone is worried that a pupil is being abused or there are safeguarding issues, the senior designated member of staff should be contacted. Alternatively you can contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) at the Local Authority.

As part of safeguarding the pupils of the Young People’s Academy we will ensure that no political view is promoted. If political views are discussed as part of the school curriculum we will ensure this is a balanced discussion.

The Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Isobel Callaby Tel: 01895 446747 or Email icallaby@yphub.org

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Clare Bailey Tel: 01895 446747 or Email: cbailey@yphub.org

Other Safeguarding Team members:

  • Lynette Willis
  • Michelle Brookes
  • Kola Odeniyi
  • Brooke McDonald
  • Sinead Owen
  • Adaobi Okafor
  • Andre Sankofa

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): Rob Wratten Tel: 01895 250975 Email: rwratten@hillingdon.gov.uk

Hillingdon MASH Team Tel: 01895 556633 Email: lbhmash@hillingdon.gov.uk

The school supports families through our Early Help offer in cases where MASH is not yet required.

The safeguarding page on your website is the best I have seen and I have seen many. Having both the contact details of your safeguarding team as well as MASH and LADO contact details is such a good idea it is surprising that it is not standard practice.  I am going to strongly suggest that more schools adopt your model and I will share it as good practice. Gavin Baker, Education Lead, MASH Team, Harrow Council

Private fostering

What is private fostering?

A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (without the involvement of a local authority) for the care of a child under the age of 16 years (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative*, in their own home, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more.

*Close family relative is defined as a ‘grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt’ and includes half-siblings and step-parents; it does not include great-aunts or uncles, great grandparents or cousins.

Each party involved in the private fostering arrangement has a legal duty to inform the relevant local authority at least six weeks before the arrangement is due to start. Not to do so is a criminal offence.

The legislation governing private fostering is the ‘Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005’. More information on private fostering and what to do can be found here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/privatefostering

NSPCC 

If you are worried about a child contact the NSPCC’s professional counsellors for help:

Call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

For those 18 and under, Childline offers free advice and support:

Call 0800 1111

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

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