Safeguarding / E-Safety
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes possible.
Safeguarding Is Everyone’s Responsibility
“Don’t wait until you’re certain if you are worried about a child. If you have any concerns or suspicions, contact our free helpline service to speak to an NSPCC counsellor 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” — NSPCC
Are you concerned about the safety of a child? If it relates to a Joseph Leckie Academy student please get in touch with one of the members of our Leadership Team or Marie DeRome via 01922 721071.
However, if a child is in immediate danger, please contact:
- Police — 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
- NSPCC — 08088 005 000
- ChildLine - 0800 11 11
- Samaritans — 11612
- Walsall MASH/ Initial Response Service – 0300 555 2866
- Walsall Safeguarding Children Board – 01922 658409
To ensure our students and staff are kept safe we have a number of policies and procedures in place, which are understood and followed by all staff, governors and volunteers. All of our safeguarding-related policies are available on our policies page.
This page also contains content and links to other sites to try and support our parents, students and the local community, to both educate and support them.
Designated Safeguarding Personnel:
Mr K Whittlestone – Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead / SPOC
Mrs M DeRome – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Smith – Vice Principal – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R Cook – Vice Principal – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr A Banbery – Assistant Principal – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr T Pochin – Assistant Principal– Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs L Price – Assistant Principal– Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
All staff at the Academy receive annual comprehensive child protection and safeguarding training, in addition to regular updates throughout the academic year.
What to do if you're worried about a child/young person please act
If the child or young person is not at risk of being significantly harmed consider an Early help response on 0300 555 2866 (Option 1) if you are unsure please view our right help, right time guidance. More information about Early Help can be found at http://www.mywalsall.org/walsallearlyhelp/
If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must report this immediately:
- During office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 5.15pm Friday, 8.45am – 4.45pm) call Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 555 2866
- Out of office hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays) Emergency Response Team Telephone: 0300 555 2922 or 0300 555 2836
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call the police on 999
Additional support available
NSPCC -If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to us about your concerns. Whether you want to report child abuse and neglect or aren't sure what to do, we're here to listen, offer advice and support and can take the next steps if a child's in danger.
Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and 9am – 6pm at the weekend. You can contact us online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
https://childline.org.uk Call 0800 1111
https://www.samaritans.org call 116 123
Kooth.com - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Joseph Leckie Academy The Sharp System - SHARP is a web based tool which is allows our students to anonymously report to a member of staff who is trusted and well known within the school. The SHARP System promotes inclusion, safeguarding, e-safety and provides additional opportunities for students to report their concerns.
If you are concerned about the welfare of one of our students and would like to speak to our Safeguarding team directly, please visit our Key Staff Contacts page.