Safeguarding Statement and Policies

Our Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have in place a robust child protection and safeguarding policy.

All staff have a legal duty to safeguard children’s welfare. Parents and Carers should be aware that the Academy is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the Academy has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputies are obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Derby & Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and inform Social Services of the concern.

Our designated members of staff for Child Protection and Safeguarding are:

Mrs Louise Knibbs (Deputy Principal) - The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Rebecca Melhuish (Child and Families Liaison Worker), Joe Baker-Heath (Head of Academy) and Lynn Thorne (Executive Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) 

Any concerns about a child can be shared with the Safeguarding Team-email or by calling to speak to us on 01332 571485.

Out of school hours/school holidays contact -  

The Initial Response Team (9am -5pm)  01332 641172

At all other times concerns can be discussed with - 


Derby City Careline (social care)    01332 786968

Further information about Derby Safeguarding procedures are available at


However, we engender the principle that safeguarding is 'everyone's responsibility' and concerns can be passed on to any staff member.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, Covid 19 Appendix and Safeguarding Flowchart can be found by clicking the links below.

Prevent Duty

Working positively to protect young people from radicalisation.

You may have heard about the Prevent Duty, which aims to prevent young people from being radicalised by, for example, far right extremists or religious extremists.

In school we have a duty to care for the children and take note of any child who is at risk of radicalisation, regardless of their background. We also have to take steps to help prevent children being exposed to extremist ideas. Our overriding priority is that children feel safe and able to demonstrate tolerance towards all cultures and religions, even when personal views may be different.

Duty of Care

The Academy liaises closely with various other professionals including Derby City Police Team to ensure we work together as a team.  We regularly have contact with the Police to ensure we fulfil our duties in protecting our children.  We are informed immediately if they have had any incidents or concerns.   If you would like to talk or ask any further questions regarding this, please visit the office to make an appointment with one of our Safeguarding Leads.

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