Student Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Legislation and Gudance

This policy for Newark Football Club Academy is derived from a variety of legislative provisions and statutory guidance.  In particular, it is based on good practice found in:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020).
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).
  • Governance Handbook.

Our safeguarding policy and procedures comply with this guidance and is updated with local arrangements agreed and published by the three local safeguarding partners.  The following legislation is also incorporated into this policy:

  • The Children Act 1989 (and 2004 amendment), which gives a broad framework for the care and protection of children and includes provisions for Local Authority inquiries, care proceedings, and emergency provisions.
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 outlines provisions for when people with criminal convictions can work with children.
  • ‘Regulated activity’ in relation to children is found in Schedule 4 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
  • Academy’ “PREVENT” duties under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 with respect to protecting people from the risk of radicalisation and extremism can be found in: Statutory guidance on the Prevent duty.

Other statutory provisions relevant to child protection and safeguarding include:

  • The Education Act 2002 (section175/157).
  • The Education (pupil information) (England) Regulations 2005.
  • Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales – September 2015.
  • The Sexual Offences Act, 2003, Home Office.
  • Teaching on-line safety in schools, DfE, 2019.

A full list of the guidance this policy has referred to, and which staff can refer to for further information, can be found in Appendix 3: ‘Adacemy’s Statutory Duty.

The duty for all academies, including free schools and all independent schools, to safeguard and promote the welfare of students at the academy is set down in Part 3 of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.

Newark Football Club Academy’s policy reflects these duties and complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.

Related Policies

Safeguarding covers more than the contribution made to student protection in relation to individual young people.  It also encompasses issues such as staff conduct, health and safety, bullying, online safety, arrangements for meeting medical needs, providing first aid and/or intimate care, drugs and substance misuse, positive behaviour management, and the use of physical intervention and restraint.

This document must therefore be read, used, and applied alongside academy policies and procedures referred to below:

  • The Single Central Record of identity, qualification, and vetting checks for all staff and volunteers.
  • The staff recruitment and selection processes, in line with the Children’s Workforce Development Council procedures.
  • Local Authority policies on dealing with allegations against members of staff.
  • The guidelines for visitors.
  • The Safer Working Practices guidelines for staff and volunteers.
  • The E-safety and Information Communications Technology (ICT) Acceptable Use Policy.
  • The academy’s ‘Ladder of Consequences’ in relation to the acceptable use of ICT equipment by students.
  • The guidelines for using a computer and personal ICT.
  • Online Safety Policy.
  • Staff Code of Conduct.
  • Data Protection Policy.
  • The Confidentiality Policy.
  • The Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policy.
  • The Health and Safety Policy.
  • The Trips and Visits Policy.
  • The Whistleblowing Policy.