Safeguarding & Child Protection
At Tuckswood Academy and Nursery we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children at all times. We know that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all of our staff, governors and volunteers are committed to this.
We have systems in place to ensure that our staff safeguarding procedures are rigorous and robust. Our reporting procedures are firmly established; staff have regular safeguarding training and the Designated Safeguarding Leads meet weekly to ensure that our safeguarding procedures are effective.
We have safer recruitment procedures in place, as well as a range of policies and procedures to ensure that your child is safe while at school. Our safeguarding and Child Protection policy and practice documents can be found on our policies page.
Children at our Academy will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something. Staff are also encouraged to do the same.
If you are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a child or adult in the Academy, please take action straight away. You can talk to the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
What should you do if you have a concern about a child?
If you have a concern about the safety of a child during term time please contact one of the Designated Safety Leads (DSLs) via the school office.
Alternatively you can call Norfolk County Council’s Customer Services on 0344 800 8020
What is Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS)
Norfolk Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) is made up of a team of Consultant Social Workers who have had specialist training and will provide advice, support and signposting, identifying the correct services and support for the child or young person.
If you are a professional, i.e. working with a child or young person in a formal or voluntary setting and not a family member or member of the public, you can contact the Children’s Advice and Duty Service on their direct line: 0344 800 8021.
If you are a member of the public you can do this through Norfolk County Council’s Customer Services on 0344 800 8020
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs R Spaans
Mrs J Gardner
Mrs Hoey Smith
Mrs C Larkins-Cook
If the concern is relating to the Headteacher please contact Don Evans (CEO) or the LADO, number below.
Useful Telephone Numbers and Contacts
Tuckswood Academy & Nursery/Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead
01603 454 479
Don Evans (Boudica Schools Trust CEO)
01603 937 300
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
01603 223 473
OFSTED 0300 123 1231
CADS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service)
0344 800 8020
Office of Children’s Commissioner of England
0207 783 8330
Safeguarding In Our School
We have a local police officer who visits Tuckswood on a regular basis.
The police officer visits classes and speaks to the children in assembly.
The year six children attend Crucial Crew every year where they learn about the emergency services.
All children are shown and taught how to use the PE equipment, DT equipment and the science equipment safely.
Personal safety is taught weekly in PSHE lessons. Year 1, 4 and 5 also have bike and road safety lessons. All classes are taught about how to keep safe during fireworks and halloween. We also take our children on school trips where we learn how to be safe, and not to talk to strangers.
How do we inform families?
Tuckswood sends weekly newsletters to families and the website is updated regularly.
Staff at Tuckswood also communicate with families on a regular basis.
We also have lots of opportunities where the parents are invited in to celebrate work and achievements.
Familiy members are also welcome in for regular Reading Cafes.
Staying Safe Online
We reinforce e-safety in all our ICT lessons. E-safety is taught as part of the curriculum and the children learn about their digital footprint and how to stay safe online. We also have a special e-safety assembly and week.
The year six children attend Crucial Crew every year where they learn about e-safety.
E-safety is also taught through English.
All adults in Tuckswood wear ID badges so we all know they are safe.
The grounds a very safe because our fences and gates are secure.
We safeguard our children by having regular fire drills. All children know what to do when the fire alarm goes off.
Contractor Site Information
Name of Site contact: Steven Tuttle
When arriving or leaving site report to: Sign in and out at front Reception Office
Sound of the fire alarm: Electric Bell
Fire alarm is tested on : Mondays 7AM
Fire assembly point: Rear Playground
First aid contact: Main Office
Location of asbestos register: Front reception office
Water Supply: Outside Nursery
Report incidents and near misses to: Headteacher
Remember safeguarding is everyone's responsibility