Underwood West Academy is passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, parents, carers and visitors have a responsibility to ensure our children are safe.
The happiness and care of our pupils is of paramount importance. We want every pupil to feel content in their school; to know that they are somewhere with people who care about them and are eager for them to learn in a safe and happy enviroment.
We provide the very best pastoral care for pupils through our highly skilled team of teachers and the specialist support of our child centred team. We take the time to get to know each child as an individual so that we can give them the personalised support and care they need and deserve.
Our Designated Safeguarding Team are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs L Jones (Principal)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead:
Miss C Haynes (Family Support Worker)
Mrs N Goodwin
Trust Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs L Treadway
Mr P Stoddard
If you have a concern about the welfare or wellbeing of any of our pupils please contact either the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Safeguarding Lead who will be happy to help.
There is a wealth of information online about the various forms of abuse and how to keep children safe. If you would like more information or further help with any kind of abuse please click on the links below.
If you believe a child to be at significant risk of harm then please immediately contact
Cheshire East Consultation Service
Tel: 0300 123 5012
Our school participates in a Police-led initiative called Operation Encompass, a scheme which ensures that we can better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
Following a domestic incident, the Police make contact with the school via telephone and communicate relevant information to nominated, fully-trained school staff. This ensures that we are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to.
Each school has a member of staff called a key adult who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child. Our Key Staff are Mrs Jones (Principal) and Miss Haynes (Deputy Safeguarding lead).
We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to safeguard and protect children across Cheshire and provide the best possible care and support for our pupils.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass by reading the the following site :http://www.operationencompass.org/
As part of Underwood West Academy's safeguarding and child protection duties, we are fully behind the Government’s PREVENT strategy.
From July 1st 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” This duty is known as the PREVENT Duty For Schools.
At Underwood West Academy, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of PREVENT awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All our teaching staff have received training on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
‘Underwood West are committed to ensuring their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children at the school. The staff of the school have all read the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and are aware of their own roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. A copy of this document is shown below for your information.’
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Also, please see our E-Safety page in the Parents section of our website for lots of great support, guides and a reporting tool.
If you as a parent or pupil have any concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fearless.org is an anonymous site where you can report a crime or incident without being identified.
You do not have to give your name or any personal details and your IP or email address cannot be traced.
Hopefully this will give you the confidence to report a crime/incident without any fears you may have.