At The Harlow Academy, the health, safety and wellbeing of every child and young person is our priority. We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and young people and expect everyone in our school to share this commitment. Everyone working in, or for our academy, takes all welfare concerns seriously and encourages children, young people and families to talk to us about anything that worries them, no matter how small their concern might seem.
The effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of a system where we listen, hear what they say and take seriously what they tell us. We recognise that children with special educational needs (SEN) and or disabilities are especially vulnerable and can face additional safeguarding challenges including assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to their disability, without further consideration. Many of our pupils have significant barriers to communication which may make it difficult to tell others what is happening. We understand that children must be given a voice and possible support to communicate; therefore, staff are trained in many forms of communication and support our pupils on a personalised level.
Our aim is that every pupil and young person enjoys their time at The Harlow Academy and is able to thrive in a safe, caring, stimulating environment. This means that we have ensured that everyone working in the school has successfully completed the necessary clearances and undertaken safeguarding training as part of their induction to enable them to work with pupils. We also have senior staff members who are specifically trained in child protection procedures and a wide range of policies which ensure that we are in line with current safeguarding practices. This also means that we teach children how to keep themselves safe and where to go for help.
If there are safeguarding concerns, we will respond with appropriate action in a timely manner for those children who may need help or who may be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean we have to consult other agencies, such as the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), Early Help, the Police or Social Care. The procedures we follow have been laid down by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and can be found in our Whole School Policy for Child Protection to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children that can be downloaded below.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our safeguarding leads by telephoning the school or by emailing them directly. In the school holidays, they can be contacted by email:
If you have urgent concerns for a child, or suspect that a child has been abused in any way, you can also report a safeguarding concern to:
Nottinghamshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
0300 500 80 80 (8.30am – 5pm)
0300 456 4546 (outside of working hours)
Nottingham City Children’s Social Care
Children and Families direct at 0115 876 4800
Derbyshire Child Protection Service
Derby City First Contact Team
01332 641172 (9am to 5pm)
01332 786968 (outside of working hours)
If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police – 999 immediately.
Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.