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Safeguarding

Horizon’s Specialist Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils and students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be accessed below.We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and work closely with statutory and voluntary sectors to ensure we fulfil our safeguarding duties across the Trust.

SAFEGUARDING / CHILD PROTECTION

Each Academy has its own 'Safeguarding' information poster which identifies the Academy's Designated Safeguarding Officers, gives a brief overview to staff explaining - "Protecting those in our care from HARM, if you witness or suspect harm, or have any concern, you must ACT IMMEDIATELY" and the safeguarding referral process. 

Each Academy's information poster is accessible below along with a copy of the 'Safeguarding for Parents: Information Booklet".  This booklet provides information for parents about how the Trust meets its safeguarding and child protection responsibilities, and also provides tips on "how to keep your child safe".

Abbey Hill Academy & Sixth Form

Downloadable copy of Safeguarding Information Poster and Safeguarding Information Booklets for Parents for Abbey Hill Academy and Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form

Green Gates Academy

Downloadable copy of Safeguarding Information Poster and Safeguarding Information Booklet for Parents

Westlands Academy

Downloadable copy of Safeguarding Information Poster and Safeguarding Information Booklet for Parents

Hollis Academy

Downloadable copy of Safeguarding Information Poster and Safeguarding Information Booklet for Parents

Safeguarding/Child Protection related Policies

Child Protection Policy - this policy sets out how the Trust will fulfil its safeguarding obligations to protect students from abuse or neglect, prevent impairment of their health and development, and ensure they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables students to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

E-Safety Policy- as E-Safety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within the Trust, the Chief Executive, Principals and Directors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. This policy, supported by the Trust's Acceptable Use Agreements for staff, Directors, visitors and pupils, is to protect the interests and safety of the whole Horizons Specialist Academy Trust community.

Preventing Radicalisation Policy - safeguarding children and young people from all risks of harm is an important part of a school’s work and protecting them from extremism is one aspect of that.Schools have an important part to play in both educating children and young people about extremism and recognising when pupils and students start to become radicalised.  In March 2015, new statutory duties were placed on schools by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) which means they must work to prevent children being drawn into extremism. This policy outlines our responsibilities with regard to the PREVENT duty.

Educate Against Hate - a new website launched by the previous Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to offer advice to parents, carers, school staff and leaders on practical ways to protect children from extremism and radicalisation.

Operation Encompass - a process by which Key Adults in our academies are informed that a child attending their premises may have been affected by domestic abuse. This will usually mean that a child has been in the household where an incident of domestic abuse has taken place, or has been exposed to domestic abuse. This initiative is in place in all local authority areas covered by Cleveland Police.

All HSAT academies are Operation Encompass Academies and we fully support this partnership with Cleveland Police.