At Oasis Community Learning we strive to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, on line and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.
Our commitment to safeguarding encompasses ways which we ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. The Academy has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the Academy will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.
A clear policy on Safeguarding is available below and is reviewed by staff and the Academy Council on an annual basis.
There are designated lead staff, Mr D Haines, who monitor the effectiveness of the policy and, where necessary, liaise with the local authority when significant safeguarding concerns arise and Mr J Docherty, Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff on the Academy’s Safeguarding Policy.
Policy and Procedures
We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. The policies are accessible to all staff through the Oasis Zone and Academies Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised by the Oasis Board of Trustees on a regular basis.
Disclosure & Barring Checks
Oasis meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with Oasis who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.
Safeguarding Leads/Child Protection Officers
The Board of Trustees for Oasis Charitable Trust has ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the Group Chief Executive, who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk across the Oasis Group. Within our Academies there are Safeguarding Leads who lead on Safeguarding issues within their locality. They are clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
All Academy staff and volunteers undertake relevant safeguarding training upon starting in the Academy and receive annual updates as appropriate.
Oasis Academy Brightstowe adheres to statutory guidance for schools and colleges in the September 2016 Keeping Children Safe in Education document produced by the DfE.