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Safeguarding

Furness 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 are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” which make up the ‘Safeguarding Team’ in school. Here in Furness Academy, the ‘Safeguarding Team’ consists of:

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead: Linzi Stanway
  • Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Jennifer Wildman
  • Safeguarding and Welfare Officer: Rachel Lappin
  • Designated Safeguarding Governor: TBC due to change in Chair
  • Designed teacher for Looked After Children: Linzi Stanway

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Furness Academy please do not hesitate to contact ANY member of staff, who will know who to contact, or indeed direct you to for the most appropriate advice and help.

Alternatively, if it is an emergency situation you can contact the police on 999, or you can contact the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) on 0333 2401727

CEOP Safety Centre

CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.

Support to remove a nude image online

It can be scary finding out a nude image or video of you has been shared online. But we can help. The Report Remove tool is for young people in the UK — click the button below  and follow the steps to get your image or video removed from the internet.

Safeguarding at Furness Academy

If you have a specific concern, or a general question or query, please contact our named Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Linzi Stanway.

To safeguard children in our school we do the following:

  • Issue a termly Keeping Children Safe at Furness Academy Document that is read by all staff and Governors each term.
  • Ensure our Safeguarding Poster is displayed in every room in school.
  • Ensure all staff and Governors have read Keeping Children Safe Document issued by the Government every September.
  • Secure our site during the school day by closing our side gates.
  • Use a signing in/out system in Reception.
  • Ensure all visitors wear a lilac visitor’s lanyard on site.
  • Ensure all staff have current DBS checks, which are updated regularly in line with School Policy.
  • Ensure the school has adopted the Safer Recruitment principles and key staff are trained in Safer Recruitment so that every interview panel has a member trained in Safer Recruitment.
  • Ensure references for new staff are sought and validated prior to appointment.
  • Ensure Partner agencies provide written assurance that their staff have undergone DBS checks. Check up to date and keep in a folder
  • Ensure all professional colleagues who work in our School have DBS checks.
  • Ensure DSL/Deputy DSL have a Level 3 qualification in Safeguarding and key pastoral staff receive additional training.
  • Ensure all staff, in their first term, complete a Level 1 course in Safeguarding and repeat this every three years with school based training yearly.
  • Have a button on our website for students to voice concerns about bullying which goes to Assistant headteacher for welfare and safety and pastoral staff.
  • Have a referral system in school for staff to use for bullying concerns that goes directly to SLT.

For more information, on our Safeguarding Young People and Behaviour policies please visit our Policies page.

Worried about a child? Need help and support?

Please see the links below for help and support information.