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: Jennfer Wildman
  • Designated Safeguarding Governor: John Shields
  • 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

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.