Orchard Academy carries out refresher safeguarding courses for staff annually, which include PREVENT, Female Genital Mutilation, E-Safety, Child Sexual Exploitation and Keeping Children Safe in Education. We revisit our safeguarding policy regularly, and it is updated annually.
Orchard Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs. Sam James and she can be contacted at email@example.com or 0750 0559 239 in an emergency.
Our Lead Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs. Julie Stevens - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have concerns about a child, you can also contact the Trust's Head of Safeguarding and Inclusion, Mrs. Lorna Beard, at email@example.com
Our Safeguarding Commitment
The Everyone’s Invited campaign has rightly served to focus our minds on the need to continue to work together to protect children.
We, at EMAT, believe that schools play a crucial role in teaching pupils about sex and relationships, equality and diversity and modern citizenship as well as preparing them for the modern world. This is enacted through each school’s culture, its curriculum, and all policies. We aim to give all pupils and staff a voice to enable them to act in a protective manner towards themselves and others. This includes developing a robust whistleblowing culture as well as fostering a culture of integrity and mutual respect.
We recognise that we have the responsibility of tackling sexual violence and harassment, instilling values in our stakeholders and encourage all to be driven by their strong moral compass. Like so much of education, our work must complement that undertaken by parents and carers so that young people receive a consistent message, and they can go about their lives free from harassment and abuse.
All of our schools will continue to engage with their stakeholders, listen to their concerns and signpost necessary support and provision within and beyond its schools. We ask that anyone who has experienced such behaviour, or who is suffering because of it, to report it to an appropriate adult either in the school or within the EMAT team so they can be supported, and steps can be taken to address the issue.
A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff members can also seek support from Employee’s Assist on 0800 0305 182.
If you are troubled about possible wrongdoing at work, please don’t keep it to yourself. Our Whistleblowing Policy is there to reassure you that it is safe and acceptable to speak up and to enable you to raise any concern you may have at an early stage and in the right way. If you feel unable to raise the matter with your manager, for whatever reason, please raise the matter with:
- EMAT Head of Safeguarding and Inclusion - Lorna Beard - email@example.com
- EMAT Head of Governance – Juliette Pierson - Juliette.Pierson@emat.uk
- Lead Governor for Safeguarding - Julie Stevens - firstname.lastname@example.org
- EMAT Senior Workforce Planning & HRBP – Ruhena Mahmood – email@example.com
If you are unsure about raising a concern you can get free and independent advice from Protect helpline on 020 3117 2520 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Safeguarding Leads
- Mr Callum Brown - Headteacher
- Mrs Sam James - Safeguarding & Inclusion Lead
- Hannah Auger - Deputy Headteacher
- Denise Ben Khedher - Assistant Headteacher
- Steph Fairbrother -
- Femi Okeya - Chair of Local Advisory Board
- Julie Stevens - Safeguarding Governor
Other Safeguarding Links:
Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Policies and Procedures can be found here.
Milton Keynes Council Strengthening Families information can be found here.
Safer MK - Working Together to keep Milton Keynes Safe
Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board (MASH)
MK ACT - helping people move on from domestic abuse in Milton Keynes
Childnet - making the internet safer for children
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Website