Safeguarding

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Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. 

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from maltreatment; 
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

The staff at Co-op Academy Manchester have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which you can learn. Any staff member who has a concern about a child’s welfare should follow the academy’s child protection policy by raising the concern with the designated staff for child protection. These are Judith Baldwin (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Amanda Ram (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead). 

Staff at Co-op Academy Manchester recognise that children can be at risk and harmed in many ways, inside and outside of the academy and by people in their family, community and their peer groups. The academy must take action to protect children and to prevent further harm. 

Here are some ways children can be harmed or would cause a concern:

  • living in a house where there is domestic abuse 
  • by peers both of and online 
  • being forced into a marriage 
  • being exploited criminally or sexually
  • being drawn into extremism 
  • involved in criminal activity 
  • bullying (including cyberbullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory) 
  • abuse in intimate personal relationships between peers; 
  • physical abuse which can include hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm
  • sexual violence or sexual harassment, such as rape, threats, comments, jokes, initiation type violence 
  • causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent, such as forcing someone to strip, touch themselves sexually, or to engage in sexual activity with a third party
  • consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi nudes images and or videos (also known as sexting or youth produced sexual imagery)
  • upskirting, which typically involves taking a picture under a person’s clothing without their permission, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks to obtain sexual gratification, or cause the victim humiliation, distress or alarm
  • having an item on them that is banned at the academy that could cause harm to themselves or others. 
  • see someone on site that shouldn’t be

At Co-op Academy Manchester we want to create a culture where students are confident to ask for help and support when they need it.