The aims of this policy are:
- To support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and resilience;
- To provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, feel confident and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties;
- To raise the awareness with all staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse;
- To provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we contribute to assessments of need and support plans for those children where appropriate;
- To acknowledge the need for effective and appropriate communication between all members of staff in relation to safeguarding children and young people;
- To develop a structured procedure within the summer school which will be followed by all members of the staff in cases of suspected abuse;
- To develop effective working relationships with the OSCB and other language and tutorial colleges in Oxford involved in safeguarding children;
- To ensure that all adults within our establishment who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability. This includes other community users of our facilities, following correct staff recruitment and selection procedures.
Oxford Royale Academy understands its responsibilities under the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 to prevent people of all ages being radicalised or drawn into terrorism and seeks to meet its obligations. Oxford Royale Academy has always promoted a multi-cultural environment where respect for and tolerance of others beliefs is required.
Oxford Royale Academy will:
- Make and maintain contact with the local authority Prevent coordinators to understand their role and the support available;
- Make contact with the local authority to ascertain other useful local agencies;
- Develop local area Prevent links with other similar organisations;
- Share information with all local organisations as appropriate.
Oxford Royale Academy will endeavour to implement the following:
- Promote a safe and supportive international environment via clear expectations of accepted behaviours and those, including radicalisation and extremism, that will not be tolerated;
- Promote core British values through student inductions and notices around accommodation sites;
- Develop critical awareness and thought to counter accepting extremism without question, primarily through restricting internet access;
- Challenge radical or extremist views in any context (formal or informal) via stated procedures;
- Be ready to react when world or local events (e.g. Paris attacks) cause upset and the likelihood of conflicting feelings being expressed. The Prevent lead will take initiative in these situations;
- Have strong filters on IT equipment and clear rules on accessing extremist/ terrorist websites/ uses of social networks to exchange extremist/ terrorist views;
- Ensure that extremist speakers do not use premises to distribute material or expound views; have system for vetting any visiting speakers/ presenters;
- Staff will get to know students, their home circumstances and friendship groups, making it easier to spot changes in behaviour, and will be observant and vigilant in noticing any signs of radical or extremist behaviour, making it easier to identify vulnerable students.
Further information can be found in Oxford Royale Academy’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedure.