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Child Protection

Harmonize Academy takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people engaging with its services. In the interests of their safety and wellbeing, we operate a formal Safeguarding Policy and have a designated Child Protection Officer on duty at all times to act upon any reported concerns.

The Safeguarding Statement and Guidelines are displayed in every main working area of the building. Our Safeguarding Policy provides guidelines to everyone in Harmonize Academy, whether working in a professional or voluntary capacity. Everyone in Harmonize Academy has a duty of care towards children and young people and can help to protect them from abuse.

Harmonize Academy is committed to working in partnership with relevant agencies to ensure that information and training opportunities are available and to ensure best practice when working with children and young people. Adopting best practice will help to safeguard our students from potential abuse as well as protecting staff and other adults in positions of responsibility from potential false allegations of abuse. The Harmonize Academy Safeguarding Policy and Implementation Procedures will allow children and young people to excel in a safe environment.

Harmonize Academy is committed to ensuring that everyone working with children and young people:

  • has undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • is adequately trained and supervised
  • understands and follows Harmonize Academy’s Safeguarding Policy

SAFEGUARDING TEAM

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Carl Parkinson, Vice-Principal

Designated Safeguarding Deputy: Mr Gerard Tiernan, Assistant Principal & SENDCo

Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Liz Cunningham, Assistant Principal & PE Teacher

Safeguarding Officer: Mr Wynn Ridge, Assistant Principal & PE Teacher

Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Sheelagh Cloonan, Education Welfare Officer

What should you do if you think you are being harmed or abused?

If you think you are being harmed or abused by another student, member of staff or visitor, you should report this as soon as possible to a trusted member of staff.

Tell someone you trust about what is happening:

Find out from your teacher, teaching assistant or other trusted staff member who is responsible for protecting students.

You can also call T 0151 203 1934 and ask to speak to one of the Safeguarding Team.

You can also contact:         

  • Childline T 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
  • NSPCC T 020 7825 2500
  • NSPCC Free phone 24 hour helpline T 0808 800 5000
  • Samaritans T 08457 909090
  • Careline T 0151 233 3700
  • Local Area Safeguarding Board T 0151 225 4928/ 4929/ 4956
  • Local Social Services (including out of office hours contact)  T 0151 220 2661 N.B. In an emergency, the Samaritans will hold the Social Services Duty Officer’s contact number.
  • Social Services Emergency Duty Team for looked after children under 18 in the service for use evenings and weekends.  T 0151 220 2661
  • Merseyside Police T 101 www.listentomystory.co.uk if you feel you are at risk of child exploitation.
  • Also see https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk/
  • Parents/Carers: If you feel your child/young person is at risk of child sexual exploitation you can get help from:
  • Parents Against CSE T 0113 240 5226

For information and support about young people’s mental well-being please contact a member of the Pastoral Team.