This page is designed to be a source of information about safeguarding for the community, parents and students alike - to help inform and educate everyone in our school community.
On this page you'll find a list of our designated safeguarding officers as well as information about E-safety and our Safer Schools Partnership. Our Child Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded at the bottom on this page.
Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
The academy is committed to the vital contribution of all governors, staff and support staff make to safeguarding children a priority. We aim to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child.
Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.
The safeguarding poster pictured below is displayed in every classroom and key places around the academy. This is to ensure that every stakeholder connected to the academy can approach key staff (and any member of staff) to share any safeguarding concerns. Our staff also have out of hours safeguarding cards on which are contact details of the senior safeguarding team and external agencies. This is for use if issues come to light outside of normal school hours.
Key Stage 3 safeguarding team
Key Stage 4 safeguarding team
Post 16 safeguarding team
Our vision is very clear and has safeguarding at its CORE.
Everyone succeeds and achieves their potential regardless of any personal characteristics. Background does NOT determine outcomes.
We are all equal all of the time and treat people with the respect they deserve. We are not afraid to make mistakes as we see this as part of our learning journey.
We aim for our students to leave our academy with the ‘Master Key’ that will unlock any door for them in the future. This will allow them to become successful and caring citizens, whilst upholding the values that they have learnt through their educational journey with us.
We are stronger as a team than a group of individuals and can change anything collectively that we put our mind to, whilst also being able to critically reflect on our actions
We aim to provide a rounded education that ensures our students grow holistically through developing resilience, tolerance and humanity.
The academy philosophy, vision and expectation on safeguarding is very clear. Every person connected with the academy has a personal responsibility for the highest standards of safeguarding of our students. It doesn’t matter how you are connected to the academy, as part of our community we all have a responsibility for safeguarding our students. The following groups all have equal responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding:
1. All academy staff
2. All academy students
3. All academy parents/carers
4. All external agencies that engage with the academy and young people
5. All members of our local community
Remote learning and safeguarding
For additional information about safeguarding if students are required to work from home, please see the Safeguarding at Home page in the Remote Learning section of our website.
Click HERE to watch a recording of our Staying Safe Online - Parent Guide presentation from February 2021.
Harris Boys’ Academy, East Dulwich and the Prevent Duty
The academy has a designated, accredited Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our academy ethos.
1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
HBAED opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Harris Boys’ Academy, East Dulwich and “Channel”
The academy will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”. Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:
- identifying individuals at risk
- assessing the nature and extent of that risk
- developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
Harris Boys’ Academy, East Dulwich safeguarding team
At Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich we have designated child protection/Prevent duty lead and safeguarding officers who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns relating to either child protection or safeguarding.
Head of KS4
Safeguarding training for Designated Leads
Head of KS3
Safeguarding training for Designated Leads
Every member of HBAED staff has completed a Level 2 accreditation in “Child Protection in Education” and WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training was given to all staff on 1 September 2021.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Eva Simcock. There is a duty system and one of the CP Coordinators in Quality Assurance Unit is on duty each day to deal with LADO issues. Duty telephone number for all LADO enquiries/referrals is 020 7525 3297.
Behaviour for learning leaders
- Yasmine Knox, Behaviour For Learning Leader KS3
- Koya Bakarey, Behaviour For Learning Leader KS4
- Rebecca O'Neil, Behaviour for Learnng Leader KS4
- Andre Dyce, Behaviour for Learning Leader KS3
Medical, health and safety and attendance officers
- The medical needs officer is Carol Butler firstname.lastname@example.org
- The health and safety officer is Peter Butterworth email@example.com
- The attendance lead is Christine St Ange firstname.lastname@example.org
For any safeguarding concerns please email email@example.com.
"Where do you feel safe?" - contextualised safeguarding
Young people encounter risk and safety in locations outside of the home. These experiences are crucial in shaping how they move through their local neighbourhood and how to keep themselves safe. We carry out a safety mapping exercise which students complete with their form groups and form tutor so we can learn and understand about where they feel safe or at risk.
Visiting speakers to the academy
Harris Boys’ Academy, East Dulwich utilises the expertise of a wide range of guest speakers, lecturers, authors and visitors to enrich and augment the curriculum and learning opportunities of our students.
However, the safeguarding of our students is at the forefront of everything we do. To ensure that guests and visitors’ information is in line with our own values and ethos the academy completes a rigorous process of checks. By completing these checks, the academy is confident that we are protecting our students from extremist views such as radicalisation and homophobia while enjoying the wide benefits of external speakers.
All visitors to the academy are expected to follow the Visitors' Code of Conduct which can be accessed from the link at the bottom of this page
Radicalisation and extremism
The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Read more about how we approach Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education, including radicalisation and extremism. Download a parents' guide to extremism and radicalisation.
ParentInfo is a regularly updated feed of expert information, advice and sources of support for parents on a whole range of parenting themes - the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children's resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today's world.
The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. But just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of, and which we can act to protect them from. Although the academy teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
This page has some helpful resources for parents that will enable you to help your child stay safe online. If you have any concerns about your child's e-safety, there is always someone at the academy who is available to talk to you. Simply call the school and ask for our Safeguarding Officer, Ben Bray, or speak to any member of staff. Our e-safety policy can be found below.
TikTok is a very popular social media platform for young people. Download TikToc: What parents need to know, produced by the Metropolitan Police and National Online Safety. The leaflet also details key safety tips for parents.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Bray firstname.lastname@example.org
Think You Know
The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:
- what children are doing online
- how to talk to children about what they are doing online
- what risks your child might face
- what tools are there to help them stay safe.
Think You Know have also produced a Parents' Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.
The term ‘sexting’ describes the use of technology to share intimate images of yourself. It’s a word-mix of sex and texting. The content can vary, from text messages to images of partial nudity to sexual images or videos. For more information and guidance for parents and children visit the Childnet website.
Other useful resources
www.internetmatters.org - tools, tips and resources to help children benefit from connected technology smartly and safely
List of helpful online resources produced by Childnet
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice
www.cybermentors.org.uk – Online support for children
www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.
www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware - the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-online-safety-helpline - resources for professionals working in the area of safeguarding with children and young people, but could be of interest to parents too
A gang can be summarised as a group who see themselves and are seen by others as a gang, and for whom crime and violence are a central part of their activities. Children and young people face all sorts of pressures, including possibly feeling pressure to follow friends who may be in a gang. If you have any concerns or questions about gangs please do contact our safer schools police officer (contact details below). You might also like to read the Home Office leaflet Gangs: You and Your Child which gives advice to parents on gangs and how to help children make the right choices.
What is a 'money mule'?
More young people across the UK are being approached by criminals who want to use their bank accounts or pin numbers for criminal purposes. This is called being a ‘money mule’. A ‘mule account’ is used to hide money that comes from illegal activities. The young person may be asked to transfer money, allow access to their account or open up a new one. Sometimes criminals will try and force young people to become mules or they might offer financial incentives such as cash or mobile phone credit.
We need your support to help educate young people around this issue. Has your child been approached or asked for their bank account to be used? Check any bank statements. Is there money going in and out that cannot be accounted for? Ask questions if you are unsure about anything.
Bank accounts are private and must only be used by the account holder. Any misuse could not only be criminal but could cause serious credit issues for the account holder. Police are working in partnership with many schools across London to combat this issue. If you have any concerns, speak to your Safer Schools Police Officer (see below) and/or Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk) on 0300 123 2040.
Drugs networks ('County lines')
The National Crime Agency, the UK body charged with fighting organised crime, is very concerned that crime gangs are taking over drug networks using telephone hotlines (called 'county lines') and recruiting vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. Please see our information sheet about 'county lines' and 'cuckooing' - the practice whereby professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.
Drugs - Edibles
Click HERE to read information for parents from the Metropolitan Police about edible drugs and what to look for on packaging that may look like sweets.
Safer Schools Partnership
PC Marcus Kudliskis is our Safer Schools Police Officer. There are now over 450 Safer School Partnerships operating throughout England and Wales, with police officers and community support officers based in schools to work closely with staff and students.
PC Marcus Kudliskis has been working with us for several years and is a familiar, trusted face around the school - working closely with students on issues that affect their lives both inside and outside of the academy.
PC Kudliskis can be contacted by email at email@example.com or you can telephone him on 07917 210932 (07:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday but please note this number does not receive text messages). Alternatively you can telephone the Academy on 020 8299 5300.