TBAP Octavia AP Academy - Definition of Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families, and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at Octavia AP Academy, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is in the best interest of the learner at all times. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a 'need to know' basis. The Safeguarding Team will ensure the information is collated and dealt with appropriately.

TBAP Octavia AP Safeguarding Team:
Stephanie Larham - Safeguarding Lead Professional
Nick Morley – Head of School
Richard Rushton – Director of Learning

The Key Principles at TBAP Octavia AP Academy:

• The welfare of the child is paramount
• Staff should understand their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of learners
• Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
• Make record of any such incident and of decisions made/further actions agreed. In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy
• Apply the same professional standards regardless of our gender or sexuality
(Equality Act 2010)

The Safeguarding team:
• Take action on any concerns raised by staff members
• Work with external agencies when required (District Team, Police, Social Care etc)
• Manage child protection files, adhering to national guidance
• Provide safeguarding training to all members of staff and provide update when required

If you have concerns about a learner at TBAP Octavia AP Academy please report your concerns to Stephanie Larham (slarham@tbap.org.uk)