Our safeguarding team comprises of Hilary Dunford as designated safeguarding lead, Lucy Dixon and Alison Pippard as Deputy Safeguarding leads. We also have Nic Bailey and Leon McMeechan as part of overall safeguarding team. Any safeguarding concerns are reported to us and we will investigate and take action if necessary.
When a concern is raised we will talk to the child in the first instance using the ‘Tell, Explain and Describe’ process. We will contact parents as appropriate.
We work closely with many different outside agencies, such as First Response and Early Help, who can offer support to families. In some situations we will need to inform parents of our requirements to involve these agencies. First Response is operated by qualified social workers who are able to discuss any concerns and offer advice and initiate follow-up if necessary. We also liaise with the Bristol North safeguarding advisor team and our E-ACT Safeguarding System Leader, John Spring, who advises on Safeguarding and Attendance.
Have a look at our Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy Safeguarding Booklet, to help you around the school.
You can also read our Safeguarding Policy below: