Castleford Academy takes its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children seriously. Our priority is to ensure that children are safe and healthy. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children from a number of potential safeguarding risks including impairment of mental health, safe and effective care at home and at school so that all children are able to achieve the best outcomes.
Castleford Academy works alongside the Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP). We also follow the annual statutory guidance set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education and our safeguarding policy is available below.
Children, parents and staff are encouraged to report any concerns they may have about safety and welfare to our Designated Safeguarding Leads. All of our safeguarding team are trained to DSL requirements. All adults in school are trained at least annually on current safeguarding issues in line with the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
For more information and support on safeguarding concerns, please see the links below and the parent advice zone.
Link to NSPCC
Link to Childline
Link to Wakefield SCP
Link to Parent Advice Zone
If you are worried about your child, or another child at Castleford Academy, please feel confident to raise your concerns with one of our safeguarding team. You can do this by contacting the school on 01977 605060 and asking for a safeguarding lead. There are some issues which we feel will be bettered supported by a year leader so there may be occasions where we share this information. We will always work in the best interest of the child.
Mental Health plays a vital role of the work we do at Castleford Academy. We aim to create an environment where everyone is welcome, supported and cared for. There are a number of ways we support mental health in school from Step Up to our coverage of the PSHE and RSE curriculum, Wellbeing Wednesday and the wealth of other support we offer. For more details, please see our mental health offer below.
There are a number of websites that also support mental health:
Link to Kooth
Link to Papyrus
Link to West Yorkshire Night Owls
Link to Samaritans
Link to Young Minds
Link to NSPCC
Link to WF I Can
If you are worried that a child is at risk of harmful sexual behaviour, even if it is historic, please contact us and let us know. We do not tolerate harmful sexual behaviour and will never dismiss it as ‘banter’ or part of ‘growing up’. This kind of behaviour will always be challenged in line with DFE guidance on sexual violence and harassment between children in schools and colleges guidance and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
A guide for parents
Social media sites are changing daily and where possible, in line with guidance from WSCP, we will make you aware of any sites that are causing us concern. If you require more information on social media websites and their use, information is available on:
Link to NSPCC
Link to Parent Info
Link to CAOP Police
Link to Safe Internet
Link to Thinkuknow
Link to keeping Children Safe in Education document
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