Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Voyager Academy fully recognises its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. The Academy has a safeguarding team led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lynn Mayes and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Jenie Roddis. We are committed to supporting our students develop the skills necessary to stay safe from abuse and to know whom to turn to for help. If you have any concerns please contact the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jennifer.roddis@thevoyager.co.uk

Safeguarding Policy


The Academy has a robust & committed safeguarding team within school


What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

What is Channel?

Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face.

The Voyager Academy takes its responsibility for implementing the Prevent strategy very seriously. As a learning organisation, we are committed to responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat the Academy community faces from those who promote terrorism. The Academy has an onsite Safer Schools Officer who assists students, parents and staff on any radicalisation concerns.

If you have any queries, concerns or comments regarding the Academy's Prevent strategy please contact Lynn.Mayes@thevoyager.co.uk who is the Academy's Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Prevent.

The PREVENT Duty

170123 Prevent Action Plan for Education 2016-17 updated Jan 2017

Prevent Risk Assessment and Action Plan


E-Safety

The internet is amazing. Young people can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, do you understand your child’s cyber culture, the way in which he/she uses the internet and mobile devices and do you know how can you make sure your child’s staying safe whilst online?

To try and help all parents with keeping up to date with the latest websites, apps and crazes, The Voyager Academy is committed to sharing e-safety information with you through our website, Facebook page and parent mail.

We know that young people learn through experience but as parents, carers and professionals working with your children we also know that we need to help protect from harm. There are some links below which you can use as a parent to help set up parental controls on your childrens phones, laptops, tablets and computers.

There are also some very good links below which explains the different risks young people face when online and some top tips to recognise if your child is experiencing any form of cyber bullying or participating in risk taking behaviour.

It is important to talk to your children about their experiences online and whether they know who to report any worries or concerns to about things they see online. As parents you can also report any worries or concerns online or alternatively by speaking to the Student Support Officer for your childs year group.

What support can we offer your child?

In school we have a strong and committed team of pastoral support staff. Every year group from Year 7 to Post 16 has a Student Support Officer. We have a Medical Officer who can offer advice and support around medical conditions and healthy relationships. The Voyager Academy has an in-house Art Therapist who can be accessed by referrals made by staff in school. If you feel your child would benefir from this service please contact the student support officer for your year group.

We have a Specialist Safeguarding Officer who works closely with all pastoral staff in school and can liaise with external agencies for example, Childrens Social Care, Police and Health Services to ensure a fully inclusive working relationship around all of our students.

The Voyager Academy also has an onsite Safer Schools Officer who can assist with any concerns or worries in or out of school.

As a school we have access to external support through the Early Help process, if your child needs some additional support we can look at a whole family assessment to see which service would be most suitable, we can also help support parents, carers and families with out of school worries for example, housing, debt and crisis.

Out of school counselling is available to all students, we can refer to 3T’s within school or there is a drop in counselling session at the Central Library on Fridays.