Eastgate Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children at all times. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment and training. Monitoring and reporting procedures are in place to ensure this commitment is realised.
We aim to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning. We also aim to identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and take appropriate action to keep them safe in school and at home when required.
We have safer recruitment procedures in place as well as a range of policies and procedures to ensure that your child is safe whilst at school.
We will take all appropriate measures to prevent unsuitable people working with the children; promoting safe practice (and challenging unsafe practice), identifying instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, taking appropriate action to keep them safe and contributing to effective partnerships between all those involved with providing services for children.
We also ensure we take all possible safeguarding steps to ensure all volunteers are suitable as they work in a position of trust within our school.
We have five Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's). If you have any questions regarding the safety of a child during term time please contact one of us:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Assistant Principal & DSL
Location of office: Opposite Year 1 Classroom
Contact Number: 01553 773088
Alternative Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs Linda Hothersall
Principal and DSL
Mr Ben Paull
Assistant Principal and DSL
Mr Andrew Stratton
SENCO and DSL
Mrs Carole Walker
Attendance Officer and DSL
They can be contacted on 01553 773088
Outside of school hours
If you need assistance outside of school hours, at a weekend or during a school holiday you can contact the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) 24 hours a day. You can do this via their website at: NSPCC , by telephone: 0808 800 5000, by text: 88858 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact CADS. The Children’s Advice and Duty Service is the service for people to raise a concern about the safety or welfare of a child.
What can you do as a member of the public if you have a concern?
If a member of the public, including a parent, wishes to speak to someone about a concern over a child, you can do this by phoning the customer service centre on 0344 800 8020.
They will want to know why you have a concern, what you may know about the child and any other relevant information.
If you think a child is in immediate danger do not delay: CALL 999 straight away.