Below is the NSPCC definition of safeguarding.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
The responsibility to keep children safe belongs to all of us. Oakwood has a very clear Safeguarding Policy that is available from the school office or under our Policies section on this website.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child and wish to speak to a DSL please make an appointment at the school office. Alternatively if you have a concern about a child outside of school please contact the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) who can direct your concern to the correct place within East Sussex Children’s Services. This can be done anonymously if necessary.
To contact SPOA please call 01323 464222 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
The Oakwood Primary Academy Safeguarding Team
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Operation Encompass - Sussex Police
Oakwood Primary Academy has taken the opportunity to take part in a operation that is run jointly with Sussex Police - Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools / colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families.
We are keen to offer the best support available to our pupils and we believe this is extremely beneficial for all those involved.