At Acacias we ensure that everyone works together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. We aim to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff. All colleagues who work with children at Acacias receive regular safeguarding training which covers all updates to KCSIE, how to identify signs of abuse and the school's procedures for reporting concerns.
All children have access to an appropriate curriculum which is broad and balanced and differentiated to meet their needs. This enables them to learn to develop the necessary skills to build self-esteem, respect others, defend those in need, resolve conflict without resorting to violence, question and challenge and to make informed choices in later life. Children and young people are encouraged to express and discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of activities and have access to a range of cultural opportunities which promote the fundamental British values of tolerance, respect, understanding and empathy for others. There is access to a range of extra curricular activities, information and materials from a number of sources which not only promotes these values but supports the social, spiritual, moral wellbeing and physical and mental health of the pupils.
All pupils will know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach in confidence if they are in difficulty or feeling worried and that their concerns will be taken seriously and treated with respect.
Acacias is part of Operation Encompass, a project that runs in partnership with Manchester Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police. The project provides early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school on the following day. Police will liaise with a Key Adult (Mr Griffiths) in school and share information, in confidence, that will ensure the school is able to support children and their families.
If you have a safeguarding concern regarding one of our pupils, please call the office and ask to speak to a Designated Person for Safeguarding (there are three - Mr Griffiths, Mr Litchfield and Mrs Riley).