As a school, Cranford Park Academy, as well as educating the children in our care, are very passionate about another priority, which is to keep children safe and protect them from harm.
To do this, we at Cranford Park Academy, have a responsibility to consider the wellbeing of all children who attend our school. This means we are aware of the things we see and hear from children that might indicate they are at risk of significant harm or have been exposed to l9ong term harm. In most situations any matter of concern that is identified will be discussed with you as the parent/carer of the children. We recognise these can be difficult conversations to have but we will raise matters with you as we know the wellbeing and safety of your child is important to you as well as to us and it is key that we work together to the benefit of your child. In the best interests of your child we would hope that we can have an open and honest conversation, should the situation arise.
In certain circumstances we will share these concerns in accordance with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures. This means we will contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Hillingdon. They will make a decision as to whether the concern needs further assessment or investigation. MASH is the first point of contact with children’s social care and services. In some circumstances and where children are seen to be at risk of immediate or have been exposed to significant harm, we may have to contact MASH without having spoken to you first and gained your agreement.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.
More detail of the Child Protection policies for Cranford Park Academy can be found here and on the Cranford Park app.
At Cranford Park Academy we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our all our pupils. We have a large safeguarding team, the poster that you may see around school can be seen here.
The team consists of:
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Lorna Mitchell (Deputy Principal)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Ramya Logathas (Vice Principal)
Sarah Evans (Principal), Stacey Chester, Helen Walter, Charmaine Golley (Vice Principals), Peter Palmer (Year 6 teacher), Bethanie Baldwin (SENCo), Rob Walter (Sports Coach), Jodie Tanswell (Nursery staff) and Margaret O’Donovan (Family Support Worker). They are also supported by Ranisha Dhamu (Safeguarding Governor).
The entire Safeguarding team have also had training in how to take disclosures, questions to ask and how to make a referral to Hillingdon Children’s services; this includes how to speak to parents about disclosures as well as how to communicate with social workers. 'Difficult conversations' advice can be found at the NSPCC.
All members of staff at Cranford Park Academy have yearly Safeguarding training and updates throughout the year. All staff are aware of and trained in the Prevent Strategy which helps to identify threats for extremist groups, both at home and abroad.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Leads, Miss Mitchell and Miss Logathas. If you have concerns about a child/ren who do not attend Cranford Park Academy, you can contact Hillingdon Children’s Services on 01895 556633.
You can find out more about Cranford Park's commitment to safeguarding children and young people and how you can play a part in protecting children and young people by clicking on the links below.