Axe Valley Academy

Safeguarding

The safety of our students is paramount. As a school we are fully committed to child protection and safeguarding. We follow all statutory guidelines as well as our own policies and procedures. Our safeguarding policy can be viewed by clicking  here Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and we would be happy to provide a paper copy on request.

We will act to protect a child where there is a disclosure or concern about abuse. The categories of abuse recognised by Social Services are neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse. More information about child protection and safeguarding can be found on the Devon & Torbay Safeguarding Children Board’s website: 

devonsafeguardingchildren.org

At Axe Valley  we have a team of designated officers:


Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

MASH is a partnership between Devon County Council children’s social care, education and youth services; Devon NHS health services; Devon and Cornwall Police; and the Probation Service working together to safeguard children and young people.

When a professional, family member or member of the public is concerned about a child or young person’s safety, they can contact MASH. They deal with all enquiries/referrals where there is a child protection concern. You can find out more about what the organisation does and how to contact them in the MASH Information sheet below. If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child, you can call 0345 155 1071 or email: mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk

Mash Parent Fact Sheet

Online safety 

Most young people are accessing the internet from a variety of devices.   Safe use of the internet is taught primarily in PSHE, Computing and in assemblies.  However, all adults need to be aware of safeguarding issues around the internet. Adults also need to be aware of potential use of the internet in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Radicalisation and there is free and useful information, advice and resources in the following sites:

getsafeonline.org

thinkuknow.co.uk

nspcc.org.uk

devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/parenting/protecting-your-child-online

parentsprotect.co.uk

net-aware.org.uk

Radicalisation

There’s a chance that your child may meet people online or visit websites that could lead them to adopting what you consider to be extreme views, and becoming radicalised. Please follow the links below for advice to parents about radicalisation:

ltai.info/what-is-prevent

Child Sexual Exploitation 

The sexual exploitation of children and young people (CSE) under-18 is defined as that which:

‘involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.’ (DfE, 2012)

Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse which involves children (male and female, of different ethnic origins and of different ages) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity.

Who is at risk?

Child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person from any background. Although the research suggests that the females are more vulnerable to CSE, boys and young men are also victims of this type of abuse.

The characteristics common to all victims of CSE are not those of age, ethnicity or gender, rather their powerlessness and vulnerability. Victims often do not recognise that they are being exploited because they will have been groomed by their abuser(s). As a result, victims do not make informed choices to enter into, or remain involved in, sexually exploitative situations but do so from coercion, enticement, manipulation or fear. Sexual exploitation can happen face to face and it can happen online. It can also occur between young people.

In all its forms, CSE is child abuse and should be treated as a child protection issue.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, contact Devon’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or 0845 6000 388 out of hours or use the ‘report it’ button at the top of this web page:

dcfp.org.uk/child-abuse/child-sexual-exploitation

childrenssociety.org.uk/what-is-county-lines

Mental Health Support

We are mindful of the pressures facing young people and try to offer strategies to our young people through the PSHE programme. We also offer support to students who are struggling with aspects of teenage life. In the first instance students and parents can contact Mrs Tregale (7 and 8), Ms McDonagh (9 and 10) Ms Ashby (11). In addition the following websites and resources may be helpful:

youngminds.org.uk

rethink.org

youngdevon.org

kooth.com

minded.org.uk

Other Safeguarding Support

  • Child line: 0800 1111
  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Runaway 24/7 helpline: 116000
  • CEOP online reporting: ceop.police.uk
  • Women’s Aid and Refuge – 0808 2000
  • The Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90
  • The National Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300

Drugs & Alcohol Support

  • FRANK – 0300 123 6600
  • talktofrank.com
  • Y Smart – Drug & Alcohol Services – 01271 388162