Keeping your Child Safe
Oakdene Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children, young people and staff. We expect all of our staff and visitors to share this commitment.
We have a legal duty to care for all the children that attend the academy and will always refer to Social Services and our partner agencies if we are concerned about the wellbeing or welfare of any child.
If you have any concerns that a child is being harmed, at risk of harm or receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) then you must inform the Children’s Hub Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees (01429 284284 / 01642 130080).
You may also wish to inform school via the main officer, requesting to speak to a member of the Designated Safeguarding Lead team. All of the academy staff have been trained and follow the Children Protection Procedures and the Academies Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is made available to all staff, volunteers and governors.
Oakdene Primary Academy is committed to keeping children safe and safeguarding all children in accordance with Child Protection: Hartlepool and Stockton On Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership, https://www.hsscp.co.uk/ and partner agencies in all cases where there is a concern about significant harm.
Everyone is Equal
Oakdene Primary Academy is committed to treating all members of our community equally. The academy follows the Equality Policy and objectives of the Enquire Learning Trust which is evident in the day to day practice in the academy and integrated into all other policies. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and all incidents will be investigated and the academy policy followed.
Oakdene Primary Academy is committed to preventing bullying in any form and has policies in place help children understand the impact and effects of bullying. Bullying of any form is unacceptable at our academy and any allegation of bullying will be investigated fully by our staff.
If an incident of bullying occurs parents and carers are informed on the same day and appropriate support and sanctions are explained and administered.
Our current positive behaviour and relationship policy is available to download from the website.
Oakdene Primary Academy has a dedicated online safety officer and our network of computers and mobile devices is protected by several measures to ensure that your child has a safe environment in which they can learn. Children are taught skills in their computing lessons that promote data security and E-Safety awareness, we focus on making children aware of who they can talk to and how they can deal with cyber bullying as part of their PSHE and
Our policy is available on the academy website. Parents and carers are advised to contact the academy if they have any concerns about their child's use of technology via the class teacher. Please continue to read our monthly online safety newsletters available on the ‘news’ tab of this website. More information on E-safety and the safe use of technologies can be found here.
The Underwear Rule
Teach your child the NSPCC Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.