Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Team are here to listen to and help not only the students at Torquay Academy but their families as well.  We work closely with agencies accessing support and resources.

We live in a rapidly changing world.  Our young people face challenges and dangers from the Internet and social media that, as adults, we find hard to understand and often not even aware of.  We work to inform, educate and protect your children.

In the coming months, information will be added to the website to help and inform you.  Please do not hesitate to contact the team if you require any further information.  There is nothing more important to us than safeguarding and protecting the students at Torquay Academy.

There is a wide variety of support materials under the “Students” tab under the “Assemblies topics” heading.

Child protection 2016 website

 

To e-mail the Child Protection Team at Torquay Academy please click on this link – cp@tqacademy.co.uk

It is also possible to contact Mr Margetts or the Chair of Governors directly via the school.

 

Information sharing between agencies supporting young people:

A lot of work has been done within the Local Authority since September 2014 to develop cooperation between various agencies working to support children and young people in the Bay. Schools are now supported by the Torbay Education Safeguarding Service (TESS) and the CAMHS Primary Mental Health Workers based in schools. Working closely with Social Care and other partners such as the police and health, this support is helping us to ensure we can support our pupils when there are additional needs, and ultimately improve outcomes for them.

In that context, we have been asked by TESS to put out the information in the first paragraph below and by CAMHS to circulate the second.

 

Information from the Police and Social Care:

“Torbay Education Safeguarding Service is a newly developed service working in partnership with schools to promote the welfare of children and young people, and to ensure they are safe from harm.

As part of their work they will receive information from partner agencies, such as the police and social care. If it is considered in the interest of the child or young person, this information will be shared with the school.

If information is shared, this will be in accordance with the key principles of the Data Protection Act and be on a need to know basis, and will only occur to help schools protect and promote the welfare of your son or daughter. When there is any sharing of information, schools should discuss this with you to enable a partnership approach to meeting the needs of your son or daughter.

If you have any questions about the service please ask your school, or telephone the Torbay Education Safeguarding Service 01803 393857.

There is also information on the CEOP website – https://www.ceop.police.uk/ and http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

Lucy Faithfull Foundation  

Lucy Faithfull Foundation believes that child sexual abuse is preventable and that we can have a society where children are free from sexual abuse and exploitation. Our purpose is to safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse by preventing it and responding to it.

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Please either click on the image above or use this link to view a guidance pack for parents that has been put together:  A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online

 

Information from CAMHS:
“Torbay Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has been commissioned to provide a school based Primary Mental Health Work team which will be working in partnership with schools to promote the welfare, emotional and mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. As part of our work we will receive information from school staff and partner agencies, such as the police and social care. If it is considered in the interest of the child or young person, this information will be shared with the school.

If information is shared, this will be in accordance with the key principles of the Data Protection Act and be on a need to know basis, and will only occur to help schools protect and promote the welfare of your son or daughter. When there is any sharing of information, schools should discuss this with you to enable a partnership approach to meeting the needs of your son or daughter.

If you have any questions about the service please contact the school.”