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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Maritime Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students in the academy. We recognise that there is no higher priority than student’s safety and well-being. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

As an Academy, we feel it is of the upmost importance that students are safe and feel safe so they can reach their full potential. Our nurturing environment coupled with a culture of support means students can seek the help they need quickly, and the staff are expertly trained to look out for any signs that a student is subject to harm. 

It is important that all members of the academy’s community see it as a safe place, and this extends to parents and carers. We know that starting secondary school can be an anxious time for parents as well as students. Parents can feel confident and secure that detailed policies and procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. 

At the Maritime Academy, we have a team of experienced staff who are safeguarding trained. We also ensure all staff are kept up to date with relevant information so that student safety is at the forefront of everything we do. 

Not only do we prioritise the safety of all students at the academy, but we also recognise that our role is to educate students and parents about how to keep themselves safe, whether this is online or recognising signs of abuse. 

We have in place a range of policies and procedures to support our safeguarding commitment. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads/ Deputies in school in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance.  You can find a link to our Safeguarding policy below. If there is any additional information you require, a member of our safeguarding team is happy to discuss any concerns. 

All students, staff and parents are encouraged to report any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding or child protection to the safeguarding team. Students will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff and where appropriate we will signpost students and families to receive additional support from outside agencies if this is necessary. 

 


Useful Safeguarding Links

Please find below some external websites that provide advice and guidance on a range of safety issues: 

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership
https://www.medwayscp.org.uk/mscb/
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Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
https://www.samaritans.org/
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Helpful links for parents, kids, teens and educators that cover a range of topics from body to mind.
https://kidshealth.org/#catnutrition
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Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice
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Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism.
https://educateagainsthate.com/
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Advice, guidance and support.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
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Building better family lives together.
https://www.familylives.org.uk/

 


Internet Safety

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Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
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Safety Net is a charity which helps children and young people feel safe and confident.
https://mysafetynet.org.uk/
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Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
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Advice and help about online safety.
https://www.getsafeonline.org/

 


Substance Use

 


Self-Harm

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The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions.
https://www.nshn.co.uk/
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This booklet is for people who deliberately harm themselves and are unhappy about it. It is also for family and friends who may have difficulty understanding this behaviour.
http://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/bsmhft/leaflets/selfhelp/Self%20Harm.pdf

 


Mental Health

 


Bereavement