Safeguarding & Wellbeing Hub

The Nuneaton Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.  We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.  Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

The Nuneaton Academy understand that multi-agency working is essential in safeguarding children.  Our duty to protect the pupils in our care from significant harm, depends on our effective joint working with external agencies through, for example, the initiation of CAFs and the provision of support via family group conferencing.  Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our Academy, please talk to one of the Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).  Photographs of the Designated Safeguarding Leads are shown below.  

The Nuneaton Academy Safeguarding Governor is Mrs A Melville. 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

It is important for pupils to keep their body and mind healthy, and to take care when spending time online.   Here are some useful resources for pupils and families during the period of school closure. 

Remember you can always contact us if you need support or just want to talk to someone. We are only a phone-call away.

School Contacts - September 2023

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Trout - simon.trout@midlandat.co.uk

Safeguarding Officer (Deputy DSL) - Mrs Thompson - karen.thompson@midlandat.co.uk or 07970422608

Safeguarding Officer - Miss Baker - lindsay.baker@midlandat.co.uk

Year 7 - Mrs Richardson - debbie.richardson@midlandat.co.uk 

Year 8 - Mrs Blackburn - lisa.blackburhn@midlandat.co.uk

Year 9 - Mr Brown - andrew.broiwn@midlandat.co.uk

Year 10 - Mrs Baskett - nikita.baskett@midlandat.co.uk

Year 11 - Mrs Finnegan - maria.finnegan@midlandat.co.uk

 

Keeping Safe Online

You may be spending a lot of time online right now. You must remember to keep safe and avoid negative messages online. The websites below contain information to help keep you safe online.

Internet matters. Advice for parents and carers on how to keep children safe online. 

Thinkuknow. Advice about staying safe when you are on a phone, tablet or computer.

CEOP. IF you are worried about online sexual abuse, or the way someone has been communicating with you online, CEOP can help.

Healthy Bodies

Keeping active is a great way to improve your health and to blow off steam. You are allowed to exercise daily – even a quick walk around your local area will make a big difference.

Coronavirus Support

Coronavirus and mental health. Tips, advice and guidance from Young Minds on where to get support for your mental health following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Healthy Minds

Taking care of your own wellbeing is important. Talk to someone if you are finding life difficult right now.  

Looking after your child’s mental health. NHS advice site for parents and carers.   

Kooth. An online mental health community - articles, discussion boards, text chat and more.

Need to Talk?

If you feel like you need help, or just need someone to talk to, there are many organisations out there . Don't wait until you feel overwhelmed - if you need help, call. They won't think you are wasting their time, and will be happy to listen. Many offer text or chat services too.

Childline. Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime. Phone: 0800 1111 or use the online chat app.

Samaritans. Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You don't have to be suicidal to call us. We are here for you if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone.  Phone: 116 123

The Mix. The Mix offers support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them. Email support available via their online contact form. Free 1-2-1 webchat service available. Free short-term counselling service available. Phone: 0808 808 4994 Opening times: 4pm - 11pm, seven days a week.

PAPYRUS. Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact 0800 0684141. 9am-12am 7 days a week. 

YoungMinds.  YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. 

Rise. Rise provides emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young peopl. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Rise are providing a 24/7 helpline run by qualified mental health clinicians to be there for you to contact when you need support and advice to prevent crisis escalation. If you are calling between the hours of 8am and 8pm: 02476 641799. If you are calling between the hours of 8pm and 8am: 02476 938000

My name is Ryan and I am a community outreach manager for Rehab 4 Addiction, a website that offers guidance and support for people experiencing problems with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health problems.

Rehab4addiction.  I am trying to promote our website so that more people can benefit from the information and guidance we publish on our website. We are somewhat similar to websites like Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcohol Concern, and Talk to Frank, although we do offer information that's not covered by these websites.
The web page is https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk

Support in Your Area

Mental Health and Wellbeing site. Warwickshire County Council's site has links to all local support available, as well as guidance and advice.

A family information service newsletter. Warwickshire County Council has an ongoing newsletter providing ongoing support and advice about Covid-19 for families across Warwickshire.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JjyPPym580-nQUQJKG6wb_gdq_RNtCxLpG_9hzSbssdUN1o2T0UxOTlCUFlPWVRXMVpTTkFFNENLNy4u

The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety

https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/parents/the-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-teen-online-safety/

It contains plenty of helpful information such as:

  • A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens, could be exposed to online.
  • Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok (which has gathered 1 billion users in only two years), YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, and Whatsapp. We also cover advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games.
  • Other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image, and mental health for teens online.
  • Links to additional internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.