Crofton Academy takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount” (the Children Act 1989). Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s mental health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Crofton Academy works in partnership with the Wakefield & District Safeguarding Children’s Board (WDSCB) and follows all recognised procedures and protocols. We follow the statutory expectations set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.
All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to safeguard and protect children. There are, however, key people within school who have specific responsibilities under Child Protection procedures.
Crofton Academy will never tolerate or dismiss any form of sexual violence or harassment as ‘banter’, ‘part of growing up’ or ‘just having a laugh’. This kind of behaviour will always be challenged.
The Designated Child Protection Teacher at Crofton Academy is Associate Assistant Headteacher Miss Sarah Rowe. The Deputy DCPT is Mr Richard Pool (Assistant Headteacher).
If any member of staff at Crofton Academy has concerns over a pupil this will be reported to a member of the safeguarding team. Our priority is to work with you, but there may be times when we have to involve other people. This could include a discussion with outside agencies or a referral to social services in order to protect identified children from suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Crofton Academy Pupil Wellbeing Booklet
Wakefield MDC Safeguarding Information
You can find out more about Wakefield’s commitment to safeguarding and young people and how you can play a part in protecting children & young children by clicking on the links below.
E Safe Parents
E Safe Pupils
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Together we can tackle child abuse
NSPCC – A dedicated helpline for those who have experienced sexual harassment/abuse in education
Let’s Talk Pants
Mental Health and wellbeing plays a vital role in the work we do at Crofton Academy with all members of our community. We aim to create an environment in which everyone is welcome and everyone is cared for. As well as providing support and direction, we also encourage pupils to care for themselves as well as know where in school they can turn to for help and advice. Below is information from external organisations who can provide essential support and information on a range of topics, we feel this information will help you when things don’t feel quite right and you need some help and advice.
Children’s Mental Health Week 1-7 February – Express Yourself Competition
An online resource for children and young people in Wakefield to find information and advice, plus self-help tips, WF-I-CAN is a place to find information and advice as well as self-help tips that can increase your confidence and resilience.
WF-I Can Website
Fight Flight Freeze Information
County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend.
Parentinfo.org for further advice and support
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity and provides helplines for young people/families, offering support and information about eating disorders.
Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in our local area, Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness to pupils across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks. Please see the following video which is provided your safety.
Network Rail Video
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