Safeguarding and Student Welfare


Safeguarding

Hull Trinity House Academy is fully committed to implementing effective policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and, with this in mind, our staff have been carefully trained and recently completed a Level 1 Safeguarding Course.

Our two experienced safeguarding officers, Mrs P Waterman (Head of Student Services) and Mrs Z Kirk (SENCo), are the designated contacts at the Academy for any safeguarding issues or concerns.

If there is any confidential information that you feel we should know in order to understand and better support your son, please contact your child’s form tutor or Student Services. Alternatively you can contact Mrs Waterman through email on watermanp@hthacademy.org.uk

For more information you can download our full Safeguarding Policy on our Policy page.

 

PREVENT

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has placed new reporting requirements on educational professionals. The Prevent Strategy is intended to provide a framework for dealing with issues relating to vulnerability, radicalisation and exposure to extreme  views.

Launched in 2008 and revised in 2011, the Prevent Strategy focuses on:

  • responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
  • preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensuring that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – students, staff or governors, or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals. We aim to try and ensure that our students view the Academy as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our staff encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens.

There are no typical characteristics of young people who may be more at risk than others. However, a sudden change in behaviour could be a potential indicator. Sometimes those at risk may be encouraged, by the people they are in contact with, not to draw attention to themselves.  Staff at Hull Trinity House Academy have undertaken a PREVENT training session to raise their awareness on this issue and to be able to fulfil their legal obligation.

As a parent, it is important to be aware of any unusual change in your child’s behaviour.  If you are concerned about your child, you may want to talk to our safeguarding officers at school, a local faith or a community leader.

The Government have launched a new website aimed at parents, teachers and school leaders to give practical advice on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation. This was officially launched in January 2016 by the Education secretary Nicky Morgan. The website can be found at www.educateagainsthate.com.


E-Safety

Staying safe online is essential in the modern world where new technologies, social networking and instant media are available to many young people.

The issue of E-safety is addressed through assemblies, posters, outside speakers and focus events such as national Safer Internet Day. Furthermore, during KS3, all students study eSafety during their Computing lessons such as the Social Network Scheme of Learning done in Year 7. We also advise students, parents, and carers to read more about E-Safety and government advice at www.thinkuknow.co.uk (this site is tailored for all ages from 5 upwards) and/or from the NSPCC’s Net Aware site.  Links are available on our Staying Safe Online page.

For more information you can download our E-Safety Policy on our Policy page.


Student Welfare

Our experienced team at Student Services are here to deal with all types of students’ issues from medical issues to bullying. Mrs Foster, our full time social worker, is also available to provide more specialised support to students should they require it as part of our Early Help provision at the Academy.

Hull Trinity House Academy treats all accusations of bullying as serious matters of concern. Teaching and support staff are aware of the need for vigilance and will follow up any incident that could involve bullying. Our student anti bullying ambassadors have a key role in preventing and dealing effectively with bullying. Pupils know that they should tell a member of staff or go to Students Services if they are being bullied or see any form of bullying. Parents should contact Student Services if they suspect that their child is being bullied. We describe ourselves as a telling school. For more information you can download our Anti-Bullying Policy on our Policy page.

Hull Trinity House Academy has a team of qualified First Aiders who can attend to students if they require first aid attention. We do allow self-administration of medicines, on condition that the medicines are kept in original packaging with Student Services and a parental letter of consent is provided with the medication details including dosage, times and any advice on storage. Students are discouraged from carrying non-emergency medication. Mrs Hodgson also arranges the immunisation programmes where necessary. If a child injures his head or needs to be sent to a doctor or hospital during school hours every effort is made to inform parents as soon as possible. It is therefore crucial that our records are kept up-to-date and that we are informed of any change of address or emergency contact details.

For any additional support please see our Parent and Student Support Page.

 

Site Security

We go to great lengths to ensure that the Academy site is safe and secure for all. At break and lunchtimes, staffs patrol the site and provide key supervision in the main student areas. We also have CCTV cameras in  key areas of the school.  All site visitors, including parents/carers, are required to report to reception on arrival and to sign out on departure.

Students are responsible for their own belongings, and therefore, all personal items must be clearly named.