Ark Kings Academy is committed to safeguarding, which underpins our core values of Wisdom, Resilience, and Kindness. We pledge to go above and beyond the minimum requirements for child safety in our school, and we expect that all of our staff will do the same. We have a number of policies and processes in place, such as our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, that support our commitment to safeguarding (which can be viewed below). On our Policies page, you may view all of our other policies.
Ark Kings Academy is clear of its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all pupils by protecting them from abuse—emotional, sexual, and physical—as well as from neglect and bullying. We understand that the topic of child abuse can be extremely sensitive and challenging. Understanding the emotions at play is crucial, but we avoid letting them cloud our judgement while deciding what course of action to pursue.
All students have a right to be safeguarded from abuse, regardless of their age, gender, handicap, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief, or sexual identity, in our opinion. The welfare of the student is always of the utmost importance. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
All staff are trained regularly on Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures. All applicants for employment at Ark Trust and our schools are fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead: Fran Moorfield
Phone: 0121 458 5380
|Designated Safeguarding Lead: Thom O'Brien
Phone: 0121 459 4451
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.
Information is shared with a school’s Key Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course. Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children , to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child , making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Reporting Problems or Concerns
At Ark Kings Academy, pupils always have member of staff they can talk to if they have any problems or concerns. These range from their Class Teacher or Form Tutor to a Subject Teacher, Support staff, the Welfare team or any member of staff. All of our staff, no matter what role, are all safeguard trained and will listen to your child.
Ark Kings Academy work with many safeguarding partners and these offer additional reporting, help and avdvice for pupils and parents. Here are links and other ways of seeking help and advice:
At Ark Kings Academy we use the School Help Advice Reporting Page System (SHARP) to encourage the confidential reporting of problems including Bullying, Hate Crime, Weapons and Health in or out of school. You can use the system to report problems you are experiencing or to alert the school to any concerns you may have regarding other people's safety and wellbeing.
The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. If you’re worried about a child, you can always talk to us. Contact our helpline and speak to one of our trained counsellors for information and advice. 0808 800 5000.
Kooth is a free, safe online community and counselling site for children and young people. Funded by Birmingham Children’s Partnership (BCP), it looks after 500k children and young people across the UK every year.
Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday provided by the NSPCC. They deal with any issues which cause distress or concern. Childline is free to contact on 0800 1111.
YoungMinds is a UK leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. Contact YoungMinds on 0800 802 5544.
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141
|FORWARD THINKING BIRMINGHAM
Forward Thinking Birmingham is a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. We, alongside our partners offer care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people from 0–25-year-old.
Forward Thinking Birmingham is part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Get in touch on: 0300 300 0099
Birmingham and Solihull 24/7 crisis number: 0800 915 9292