Don Valley 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 families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers".
The Child Protection Designated Safeguarding Officer is a member of the Core Leadership Team of the academy and is supported by a team of other teachers and members of the support staff. The DSO has developed effective and supportive liaison with other safeguarding agencies. The Designated Safeguarding Officers for Don Valley are Mr Oldfield (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Hood (Senior Student Support Officer/Child Protection).
All staff are up to date with recognised training in safeguarding and child protection.
A central record is kept of all adults who work in the academy with details of DBS (disclosure & barring service)/list 99 checks in place.
Any visitors to the school are required to report to the visitors office to be registered and issued with a visitors badge which displays the fire evacuation procedures. Any persons not wearing a staff, sixth form, governor or visitors badge will be challenged by staff.
The academy's Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy has been updated and approved by the Education Advisory Board in June 2015. Our policy applies to all members of staff, advisory board members and volunteers working within school and is fully incorporated into the whole school ethos. The academy's anti-bullying policy has been approved by the EAB in June 2015.
Senior members of staff involved in the recruitment of teaching and support staff have received training in safer recruitment and have put in place appropriate procedures to ensure that appropriate checks have been made before appointments are taken up.
For the best interests of all our students we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern-cpoms
Staff are asked to report any causes for concern on the cpoms systems immediately. An alert will automatically go to the DSOs. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at Don Valley Academy please do not hesitate to contact the Child Protection Designated Officer who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
All students understand the importance of safeguarding issues and have been introduced to the members of the safeguarding team in assemblies. They are also aware of how to report safeguarding or welfare concerns about themselves or others.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Team. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. Absence during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances agreed by the Principal.
You can read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy on our Statutory Information page here.