Portland Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Our Recruitment and Selection Policy (currently under review) reflects this and is in line with Local SCB guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018).

Safeguarding concerns are handled sensitively and professionally by appropriately trained, designated staff who are committed to supporting student well-being.

The safeguarding of our young people is of paramount importance to us, particularly taking into consideration their complex additional needs. This means that sometimes their behaviours can be misunderstood and misinterpreted by those around them. We work closely as a team which includes our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), specialist SALTs (Speech and Language Therapists), Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologist and a range of other specially trained staff.

Externally we liaise with a range of professionals including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), CYPS (Children and Young People’s Service), Health professionals and Children’s Services to ensure that our young people feel safe and are protected from harm.

Designated Officers

Chris Kemp

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Karen Hart

Martin Hope

Designated Safeguarding Deputies

Designated Safeguarding Deputies

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Common

Ascent Trustee for LAC (Looked After Children) and PDBWA (Personal Development, Behaviour, Welfare and Attendance)

David Barker

Ascent Trustee for Safeguarding

David Barker

Statutory Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding Adults Policy – v1.5

Summary Changes to Safeguarding Adults Policy 2019

Child Protection Policy – v5

Summary Changes to Child Protection Policy 2019

KCSIE Keeping Children Safe In Education Sept 2019

Addendum to Child Protection / Adult Safeguarding Policy due to the circumstances of COVID-19

Trans Inclusion Guidelines

Useful Links

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

What to do if you think a child is being abused