The academy has a statutory duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, and have due regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State. This academy recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse as well as its responsibility to follow the local inter-agency procedures of Reading Borough Council’s Safeguarding Children Board.
We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged.
We agree that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended academy activities.
The academy seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of their responsibility for pastoral care. The academy hopes that parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see academy as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home.
Every complaint or suspicion of abuse from within or outside the academy will be taken seriously and in all proper circumstances will be referred to an external agency such as the social services department of the local authority, the Local Authority Designated Person (LADO) or the police, without investigation by the academy.
We have also put in place measures to help prevent safeguarding issues arising as far as we are able to.
Designated Lead Professional for Safeguarding Children
The Designated Lead Professionals for Safeguarding at Meadow Park Academy are Lucy Atkinson (Deputy Headteacher) and Alexis King (Family Worker). The Deputy Designated Lead Professional is Stieve Butler ( Headteacher). Please contact either individual if you have concerns about a child who attends Meadow Park Academy, or if you have any questions surrounding Safeguarding or Child Protection.
PLEASE SEE THE POLICIES SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY