The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Parents can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. The academy encourages parents and children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress. It is important to us that parents and students see the academy as a safe place.
Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies who work closely with the academy. The academy will endeavour to work in partnership with parents at all times to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.
If you have any concerns relating to any student in our academy please contact one of the following designated staff:
Ossett Academy have four Designated Safeguarding Leaders, please see the below link for more details:
For more information or additional support the following organisations are notable points of reference:-
- Ossett Academy Safeguarding Policy
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance September 2016
- Brook –Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.
- Childline – Need to talk? Contact ChildLine anytime – calls are free and confidential
Phone ChildLine 0800 1111
Have an online chat with a counsellor
Visit or post on the message boards
- Barnados –Barnardo’s is committed to helping children throughout the UK
- NSPCC –The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection.
- thinkuknow –Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety and report any concerns you may have.
- Escayp – Emotional Support for Children and Young People (ESCAYP) is available for children and young people offering a supportive empathic environment in which they feel secure and safe.
- XenZone –Award winning online counselling services. Delivering proven mental health services for over a decade.
- The Young People of Wakefield Expect – Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College supports The Wakefield Young Peoples Charter, a charter created by young people with the help of The Youth Association designed by Seedbed Creative Ltd.
With increased use of the internet and social media in society, it is essential that our students are taught how to identify, understand and reduce the risks online. This is achieved through a combination of the curriculum, assemblies and form learning opportunities.
Should you have a specific concern relating to online safety, please contact Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Rowe or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead; Mrs Gaskell, Ms Hemingway, Mr Spink or Mr Buckley.
Below are a series of information leaflets or web based resources to support parents:
Online Safety Tips for parents of 11-13 year olds. [PDF – 47Kb]
Online Safety Tips for parents of teenagers 14 plus. [PDF – 48Kb]
Thinkuknow factsheet – Worried about inappropriate online content? [PDF – 249Kb]
This leaflet explains the risks of online content and how to protect children.
Thinkuknow factsheet – Making a report to CEOP [PDF – 237Kb]
This leaflet explains how to make a report to CEOP.
Thinkuknow factsheet – Risks children face online: Online grooming Leaflet [PDF – 247Kb]
This leaflet explains the risk, signs of grooming and top tips to protect your child.
Thinkuknow factsheet – Using Parental Controls [PDF – 238Kb]
This leaflet explains how to use parental controls on devices effectively to reduce the risks.
Thinkuknow factsheet – Worried your child has shared too much online? [PDF – 236Kb]
This leaflet explains the risk of oversharing online and how to take control.
Social Media Age Restrictions
Reporting to social media
This webpage lists the social media sites, links to their rules and how to report inappropriate content: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Reporting-to-social-media-sites-/
Internet Safety Information for children and teenagers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/stay-safe
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Provides help and advice on cyberbullying, the Centre maintains a website for children and young people, and parents and carers about staying safe online.
Further articles about bullying and support can be found in editions of Ossett Voice
According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose”. It is clear that although bullying has a significant short term impact, the longer term consequences can also have a significant impact on self-esteem and mental health.
If you have any concerns about bullying, please speak to your child’s achievement officer or learning leader as soon as possible, however there are a wide range of resources available for parents.