Safeguarding @ Excel

Excel Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and academy representatives, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the child or young person’s welfare is our paramount concern.

We believe that Excel Academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical and moral development of the individual child or young person.

We have a Safeguarding And Child Protection Policy and a Covid-19 Safeguarding And Child Protection Policy which clearly outlines the procedures in place within our school.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on this website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child or young person’s welfare.

Some FAQ's

What systems are in the Academy to help keep my child safe?

Each academy has its own designated safeguarding team which can help you and give advice on a range of aspects that may be affecting you or your lifestyle.

At Alpha Academies Trust we have systems and guidance in place to educate and help students to understand the importance of staying safe online, and to prevent harmful or inappropriate content from appearing or being accessed at school. We have an internet filter  that works to block websites that may be inappropriate or harmful whilst still allowing students to get the educational benefits available through use of technology.

As a secondary measure we also use a monitoring software that keeps a record of any ‘violations’ it detects, ranging from the use of racial, homophobic or extreme words in documents or on websites and the access of web pages with inappropriate names. In most cases websites will be automatically closed down as well as a ‘violation’ logged.

Additionally we have an Acceptable Use Policy in place and all staff, students and visitors sign an Acceptable Use Agreement that clearly defines the expectations when using technology or devices provided by the school. This policy and agreement is integrated with other key policies such as safeguarding, anti-bullying and behaviour.

We aim to train and educate the entire school community on Online Safety:

Students have weekly PSHE lessons. Students are often reminded of the importance of Online Safety throughout the school year and there are posters with best practice displayed around the school.

Staff are regularly reminded of the importance of Online Safety and educating students in Online Safety. Safeguarding briefings are sent out to all staff within the Trust half termly, and within these Online Safety is addressed.

Students can access the BIG RED BUTTON or BIG BLUE BUTTON on the Academy websites if they need to talk to a member of staff.

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WHAT IS PREVENT?

WHAT IS PREVENT?

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats.  E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).

The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

THREE KEY THEMES

The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities.

PREVENT STRATEGY LEAFLET

Please read our Prevent Strategy information.

Online Safety. Help?

The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an intial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites’ community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.

National Online Safety Mobile App

Say hello to the new National Online Safety mobile application. Created by experts, developed by NoS.

With all online safety knowledge available at your fingertips, the NOS app empowers parents and teachers to understand and address online safeguarding risks – any time, anywhere.

The world’s most comprehensive online safety app, it’s packed with insightful courses, explainer videos, webinars and guides on topics that will help you protect the kids you care about when they’re online.

Find more information here: https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/mobile-app

The Children’s Code

In September 2020, the ICO introduced The Children’s Code (or the Age appropriate design code) which is designed to ensure online services comply with their obligations under Data Protection law to protect children’s data online.

Companies were given one year to comply and must now be following the 15 standards outlined in the code.

More information can be found here:  https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/ico-codes-of-practice/age-appropriate-design-code/

USEFUL DOCUMENTS AND LEAFLETS:

Information technology is ever changing and ever evolving. The possibilities and opportunities presented through proper use are invaluable and unimaginable. As such, Online Safety is a crucial part of any schools key safeguarding duties. Alpha Trust has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding all children in our care and we encourage them to partake in and promote appropriate online behaviour and awareness of the risks associated with the use of Technology. We aim to educate students on how to manage these risks and provide them with a safe environment in which they can engage in educational online activities.

The main risks associated with the use of information technology can be categorised in to the ‘Three C’s’:

CONTENT:

Exposure to inappropriate materials such as or relating to Pornography, violence, self-harm, extremism, drugs and substance abuse, hate etc.

CONTACT:

Inappropriate interactions with other people, known or unknown. This includes grooming, cyber bullying, hacking, ‘catfishing’, identity theft etc

CONDUCT:

Behaviour online and through other forms of communication (such as mobile phones), including copyright issues, privacy issues, data protection issues and sexting.

COMMERCE:

risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scams.

WHAT IS IN PLACE AT ALPHA ACADEMIES TRUST?

At Alpha Academies Trust we have systems and guidance in place to educate and help students to understand the importance of staying safe online, and to prevent harmful or inappropriate content from appearing or being accessed at school. We have an internet filter  that works to block websites that may be inappropriate or harmful whilst still allowing students to get the educational benefits available through use of technology.

As a secondary measure we also use a monitoring software that keeps a record of any ‘violations’ it detects, ranging from the use of racial, homophobic or extreme words in documents or on websites and the access of web pages with inappropriate names. In most cases websites will be automatically closed down as well as a ‘violation’ logged.

Additionally we have an Acceptable Use Policy in place and all staff, students and visitors sign an Acceptable Use Agreement that clearly defines the expectations when using technology or devices provided by the school. This policy and agreement is integrated with other key policies such as safeguarding, anti-bullying and behaviour.

We aim to train and educate the entire school community on Online Safety:

Students have weekly PSHE lessons. Students are often reminded of the importance of Online Safety throughout the school year and there are posters with best practice displayed around the school.

Staff are regularly reminded of the importance of Online Safety and educating students in Online Safety. Safeguarding briefings are sent out to all staff within the Trust half termly, and within these Online Safety is addressed.

Students can access the BIG RED BUTTON or BIG BLUE BUTTON on the Academy websites if they need to talk to a member of staff.

What is Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed and exploited online.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

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