This section of the website gives an overview of the policies and mechanisms that are in place to safeguard the children and young people that attend Orion. The full suite of current and ratified Safeguarding policies is available to interested parties on request. However, the key policies are freely available to all, and are clearly signposted, as appropriate, on this website.
Approach to Safeguarding
At Orion, we fully recognise our responsibility for safeguarding our students, with this in mind we will do everything within our power to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our students feel secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
The action we take at Orion to promote the welfare of our students and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with our students and their families has a role to play and we recognise, and take our part very seriously in this. We ensure that we operate a child-centred safeguarding system. We recognise that children and young people want to be respected; have their views heard; to have stable relationships with their teachers, built on trust; and to have consistent support for their individual needs.
Designated Safeguarding Team at Orion
All staff are trained regularly on Child Protection Procedures. All applicants for employment at Orion will be fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.
Elizabeth Caldicott – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Murett Mendez – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Telephone: 07487-799-751 or 0121-245-7200 or find us in the school office.
Signposting for children and young people
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.