Protecting Young People at Lockerbie Academy

At Lockerbie Academy we take steps to ensure all young people are happy and safe; ensuring all our pupils have the opportunity to reach their potential. We have a very skilled team of professionals to ensure we meet the needs of our pupils and to protect them from harm.

 

Child protection is a complex system requiring the interaction of services, the public, children and families. “It is essential that everyone understands the contribution they can make and how those contributions work together to provide the best outcomes for children. Everyone working with children and their families, including social workers, health professionals, police, educational staff, voluntary organisations and the third sector, as well as members of the community, need to appreciate the important role they can play in remaining vigilant and providing robust support for child protection”.

     (National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 2014)

 

At Lockerbie Academy, it is our duty to promote, support and safeguard the wellbeing of all children, including those who are most vulnerable. Child protection has to be seen in the context of the wider Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach. GIRFEC promotes action to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people in eight areas. These wellbeing indicators state that children and young people must be: healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included and, above all in this context, safe.

 

Child protection means protecting a child from child abuse or neglect. Abuse or neglect need not have taken place; it is sufficient for a risk assessment to have identified a likelihood or risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect”.

     (National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 2014)

 

All staff at Lockerbie Academy are trained to deal with Child Protection issues, and all follow our Child Protection Policy and Procedures. It is important for our community to be aware of the following information. If a pupil, parent or member of staff has a concern regarding the welfare of a young person; this should be reported to the Child Protection Coordinator- Ms Currie (Depute Rector). If she is unavailable to speak to, the concern should be reported to our Depute Child Protection Coordinator, Mrs Bowker. It is important thing to remember that in all cases our pupils, parents and staff know that they can speak to anyone.

 

Further information regarding Child Protection can be found at-

 

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00450733.pdf