Ark Putney Academy, its staff and governors, are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our pupils and to providing a safe environment with robust systems to ensure the safety and healthy development of all our pupils, within the Academy and on related trips and other activities.
Everyone working in or for APA shares the objective of helping to keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
- ensuring that APA provides a safe environment in which children and young people learn and develop and,
- identifying children and young people who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering from abuse, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We are committed to doing our best to identify such children and to working with the appropriate authorities to support and safeguard them.
We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order to support all our pupils.
It is not the responsibility of Academy staff to investigate welfare concerns or determine the truth All staff have a duty, however, to recognise concerns and maintain an open mind. All concerns regarding the welfare of pupils will be recorded and discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead who has responsibility for child protection, prior to discussion with parents. The name of the designated person in the Academy is Jackie White (Vice Principal). If a pupil, parent/carer or member of staff should disclose concerns about the welfare of a pupil at APA, they first consider the following:
- any urgent or medical needs of the child
- discussing the matter with other agencies involved with the family
- consulting with appropriate persons e.g. Safeguarding Officer, Wandsworth Children’s Social Care
- the child’s wishes
Then decide, in accordance with the procedures or advice of the local safeguarding children’s board:
- where possible to talk to parents/carers, unless to do so may place a child at risk of significant harm, impede any police investigation and/or place the member of staff or others at risk
- whether to make a child protection referral to children’s social care because a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm and if this needs to be undertaken immediately
- not to make a referral at this stage
- if further monitoring is necessary
- if it would be appropriate to undertake an assessment and/or make a referral to other services
All information and actions taken, including the reasons for any decisions made, will be fully documented. Any referrals to children’s social care will be accompanied by a standard referral form.
Recording and monitoring
Accurate records will be made as soon as practicable and will be retained in a ‘Child Protection’ file, separate from the child’s main file. Data will be stored securely and only accessible to the Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy DSL.
Supporting the child and partnership with parents
- APA recognises that the child’s welfare is paramount and that good child protection practice and outcome rely on a positive, open and honest working partnership with parents.
- While, on occasion, we may need to make referrals without consultation with parents, we will make every effort to maintain a positive working relationship with them whilst fulfilling our duties to protect any child, acting with the advice of the local children’s safeguarding board as appropriate.
- We will provide a secure, caring, supportive and protective relationship for the child.
- Children will be given a proper explanation (appropriate to age and understanding) of what action is being taken on their behalf and why.
- We will endeavour always to preserve the privacy, dignity and right to confidentiality of the child and parents/carers.
However, no member of staff can necessarily promise confidentiality to any child who should make a disclosure of abuse. If it is felt that a child is at risk of harm or is being harmed, the Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility to share this information with Social care. In turn, the DSL will determine which members of staff need to know personal information and what they need to know to support and protect the child.
If you, as parents/carers, should have any further questions about any of the above you should contact Ms. White (DSL) directly. Similarly please contact the academy if you would like a paper copy of the Safeguarding Policy or any other policy.
Our safeguarding policy is consistent with the Child Protection Procedures outlined by the DfES and reflects the current advice of the DfE and of the local Safeguarding Children Board.
This policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in or on behalf of the Academy.
Please click on the link below to view our safeguarding policy.
Safeguarding Policy 2022-2023 includes appendices A,B,C &D
To contact a member of the team please email
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)