At the National Church of England Academy we take safeguarding very seriously and ensure that all students are safe at the academy. Together with providing exceptional pastoral care, we are proactive in ensuring all students have information and knowledge to keep them safe at the academy, online and methods for communicating if there are problems.
At the beginning of each year, we work closely with students to emphasise the importance of e-safety.
We are proud that we have a range of support packages to assist students with any pastoral concerns they might have. These include
- 48 trained peer mentors
- dedicated Inclusion faculty with trained learning mentors
- academy counsellor
- the ‘Big School Buddy’ and ‘Aunties and Uncles’ transition programme
- ‘Listening Service’ scheme including the academy chaplaincy team
The designated safeguarding lead within the National Church of England Academy is Mr Llewellyn, and Miss Hall is the deputy lead. To contact them directly, you can email by clicking on their name, or call the main switchboard number 0115 963 5667. Additionally, Mrs Stones is a trained designated safeguarding lead, with Mrs Wall and Dr Bardell at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre.
Further to the above, we have partnered with Tootoot since late 2016. Tootoot is a safe, secure and diverse web-based safeguarding tool, which allows our students to report incidents of bullying, problems in class or any issues in an anonymous, confidential and discrete manner. These individual cases are monitored, managed and resolved by staff within the academy.
Tootoot reduces the friction and stigma attached to the reporting of such incidents, and ultimately provides us with the tools required to track, monitor and resolve cases efficiently and significantly reduce bullying.
Protecting children online
The links below provide a range of useful resources and sources of information to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online. During this period of academy closure, lockdown and social distancing, we know that more and more people are communicating online, so this information is very useful to know:
- Thinkuknow – provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info – a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet – offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters – provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning – has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware – has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It- has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre- has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services