Castleford Park Junior Academy
All our staff work to ensure every pupil is safe. Miss K Law, Mrs D Foster, Mrs J Roberts, and Mr L Booth are Designated Safeguarding Leaders within school. Mr J Hughes and Mr J Haslam are our Safeguarding Governors.
Miss Duggan is our Senior Mental Health Lead and manages our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Curriculum to ensure pupils stay safe & healthy at all times, as it is important that we teach our pupils to feel mentally healthy and safe, as well as physically. Our school places strong emphasis on resilience and independence, teaching our pupils to have the tools that they need to help manage and maintain positive mental health so that when they leave us, they are effectively equipped for the future. We also actively promote support that is available for pupils outside of school hours – please see the links below for further information.
We work closely with Wakefield Local Authority to provide additional support for families who may need wider support than school can provide on their own. If you feel that your family need additional support, we are only too happy to help you and will discuss next steps with you if you arrange an appointment. We may bring your child to a ‘Team Around the School’ meeting with colleagues from Wakefield Council who can help you access the support that you might need. More information is available here:
If you have noticed that your child’s behaviour has changed, or they are coming home from school worried, or anxious, there could be a number of reasons why. Sometimes, it is when friendships have broken down and they are not sure how to resolve the problem. This can sometimes result in unkind name-calling, or unkind behaviour. On some rare occasions it can lead to a child feeling ‘bullied’ and unhappy. School would like to know about any changes in behaviour or worries your children have so that we can help them sort it out and feel happy that it has been resolved in a fair and effective way. We will listen carefully to what they – and you – have to say, in order to solve the problem. We have created a handy flowchart to help you consider who best to approach for help:
Before a half term holiday, we make sure all our children feel safe and supported so that if there as an emergency, they would feel equipped to handle it.
Here, you can access all the policies that are related to ensuring your children are safe in our care.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is legislative guidance from the Department for Education that schools must adhere to. Our ‘Safeguarding Policy’ relates mainly to this guidance and how we follow it in our school.
In order to ensure that staff appreciate the safeguarding responsibility that accompanies their job role, we have a clear ‘Code of Conduct’ and a ‘Whistleblowing Policy’. Our ‘Safer Recruitment Policy’ explains the care and attention we take in order to appoint moral and responsible people to work in our school and our ‘Visitors Policy’ explains how we monitor all adults who are working within the building to support our pupils.
Our ‘Anti-Bullying’ ‘Internet Safety’ and ‘Positive Handling’ policies explain how we safeguard our pupils whilst they are within school.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy and equality plans indicate how we safeguard and support vulnerable pupils within our care.
Below are links to online pages where you can find information about keeping your children safe out of school.
NSPCC Net Aware
NSPCC – Preventing Abuse
NHS – Child Safety
NI Direct – Keeping your child safe
Kids Health – Childproof
Thinkuknow – Parents
Get Safe Online – Safeguarding Children
Parent Info – For Schools
Advice for parents – Out Alone
Advice for parents – Home Alone
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ – Multilingual
Part of keeping your child safe is allowing them to discuss sensitive issues to make sure that they are fully confident in dealing with any situations that arise and have the confidence to raise any issues or questions they have. Our Personal Social and Health Education and Sex and Relationships Education Policy explains this in more detail.