Breakwater Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. All entrances and exits to the school are secured during school hours. The only access into the Academy during the day is through the main entrance, which has a constantly monitored entry system.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. Our Academy has a legal duty to refer cases causing concern to the relevant authorities.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school, please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officers.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Ian Rogers (Headteacher).
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers are Mrs Sally Franceschi (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Carly Jones (SENCO).