We have a strong culture of safeguarding where it is in our DNA, where we ALWAYS, without hesitation, act in the best interests of the children and students in our care. This is underpinned by high quality practice and policy.
Please click on the expandable sections below for useful guidance for children, parents and carers.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) is updated on an annual basis and informs staff training and safeguarding practice within the Academy. The updated KCSiE 2022 can be viewed using the link below.
Emergencies/Concerns - If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed through abuse or neglect, the Slough Children First Referral and Assessment Service is where to start. If the child or young person requires immediate protection please call 01753 875362.
For emergencies outside of Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, call the Emergency Duty Team on 01344 351999 email: EDT@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or dial 999.
All details and information about the Slough Safeguarding Partnership can be accessed via the link below.
LADO - The LADO for this local authority is: Harvinder Rajasansi, 01753 474053 / 07927 681858. Harvinder is on secondment until March 2023 and in the interim Dawn Lisles is LADO and can be contacted using the same details. Email: LADO@sloughchildrenfirst.co.uk
Suicide rates amongst young people aged 15-19 in England rose by 35 per cent from 2020 to 2021, according to data from the Office for National Statistics analysed by charity YoungMinds. At The Langley Academy we have a mental health team to support students who may be suffering from poor mental health. The Academy also has a counsellor, Place2Be support and two Family Liaison Officers who also support students and families.
For additional information and support please look at our Mental Health and Wellbeing Section.
A link to useful services can be found below:
- Childline - Under 19s - 0800 1111
- Samaritans - 116 123
- Youth Access - Find a service - 0208 772 9900
- The Mix - Essential support for under 25s - 0808 808 4994 or text THEMIX to 85258
- Winston’s Wish - Support for bereaved children and young people - 08088 020 021
- Anna Freud - Support and advice for young people - 020 7794 2313
- NSPCC - email@example.com or 0808 800 5000
- NHS 111
- A&E - in an emergency
On-line Safety and Social Media
Following the initial and ongoing response by education settings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been increased wide-scale use of technology as a tool to facilitate children and young people's learning, socialising and play. KCSIE 2022 continues to strengthen the important message of online safety being recognised by all schools and colleges as a key safeguarding consideration and provides information and guidance to ensure DSLs and school/colleges leaders can take steps to protect their communities online.
We recommend that you regularly monitor your child's on-line activities.To support with this please use the links below:
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.
Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.
Our DSL undertook training on 01.02.2023.
Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness by educating your students about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery.
You can access the videos as follows; entering the email firstname.lastname@example.org into the "I am registered field" when you first watch the videos.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
Can be found on the Policies page here.
Student Friendly Safeguarding Policy
Policies can be very complexed for young people to understand. In order to help the students at The Langley Academy stay safe and make decisions that keep themselves and others safe we have created a student friendly safeguarding policy. Please take time to read this with your child at home.
Living close to The River Thames increases the need for our students and families to be aware of the risks a river can present. This is particularly prevalent in both the summer and winter months, when there can be extremes of temperatures, to avoid injury and fatalities. The below video produced by the Thames Valley Learning Partnership will support with gaining a greater understanding of water safety. In addition The leaflet from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service outlines ‘Ice Safety’ for the summer months.
We understand that some students may face barriers to disclosing information to staff. Whilst we would prefer that students speak to any member of staff in the school they feel comfortable with, we also provide an on-line anonymous reporting tool WHISPER.
Students are able to access this via the school website or through the text details as shown in the poster below. Students can include their name or remain anonymous and the report will be read by a member of the safeguarding team.
WHISPER is also available for all parents to use if you would prefer to remain anonymous.