All children have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, and religious beliefs or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who attends Cappello Academy will be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment, protected from all abuse.
The people responsible for the safety of the children is the Principal, and all teachers, and will safeguard the welfare of all the children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
COVID 19 Addendum
In line with government advice, Cappello Performing Arts Academy will be instigating new measures to help control the spread of the virus:
Cappello Academy pledges to work with all students, staff and parents in these unprecedented times and we will talk through any concerns or issues raised.
Information is constantly being updated and Cappello Academy will continually monitor the situation to ensure everyone’s safety.
All staff will be aware of the number of children within their class. The Principal will ensure that the class numbers are not too high and will also assist in the change-over between lessons during academy hours to ensure all children are accounted for.
All children will be supervised at lunch breaks during the lunch period.
No mobile phones will be allowed in the academy. If a child is seen with a phone, the member of staff will confiscate the phone until the end of classes.
The Principal will provide all teachers/staff with students’ allergy information and instructions on what to do if the student suffers a reaction.
At no time will any untrained teacher/volunteer administer any medication to the students at Cappello Academy.
The Principal has an up-to-date Paediatric First Aid training Certificate (Ofsted approved).
Only on production of an authorisation form signed by the child’s parent/carer will the paediatric trained staff member administer any required medication.
Only in a life-threatening situation would a teacher perform CPR and/or call the emergency services.
All teachers will be vigilant when teaching the students and be aware of any possible form of abuse either by another child/adult both on and off the premises.
Responding to the child who discloses abuse, all staff will:
Senco Officer / Special Educational Needs Coordinator
At the present time, the Principal is experienced in monitoring and assessing students who appear to be displaying signs of certain learning difficulties, as listed below:
If a child is seen to be displaying characteristics of any of the above, the Principal will speak to the parents of the students to confidentially discuss the situation. The Principal will provide support where necessary for the parent to access appropriate help for their child.
Parents are welcome to ask questions and talk to the Principal regarding these conditions at any time.
Cappello Academy will ensure that each child is visibly comfortable and not overheating or suffering any discomfort. It will be at the teacher's discretion to notice when a child is beginning to suffer mentally or physically in any way within their class. At that point it is the responsibility of that teacher to take appropriate action.
The Principal will be made aware of any student that has been injured within academy hours. When a student has been injured, the Principal will complete the accident book fully and then contact the child’s parents to inform them of the incident.
It will at both parents’ and the Principal’s discretion as to whether the student goes home or to the hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness.
The Academy is determined to meet its obligations to ensure that those providing performing arts opportunities for children and young people to do so, to the highest possible standard of care.
These procedures apply to all staff including the Principal.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
Cappello Performing Arts Academy is a non-smoking organisation. All staff, parents/carers and volunteers are not permitted to smoke in any area inside the building or in the immediate vacinity of the entrance doors. There are No Smoking signs clearly displayed around the premises. Any member of staff who wants to smoke may do so outside the building at the far end of the car park.
Students - if a student is found to be under the influence, or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst on Cappello's premises, they will be immediately removed from class and their parent/emergency contact will be called to take the student home. It is at the Principal’s discretion as to when or if the student will be allowed back into classes.
Staff/Volunteers – if found to be under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst teaching Cappello students, they will be instantly dismissed without discussion.
Parents/Carers - if it is believed that any parent/carer is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances on Cappello's premises, our staff members will calmly approach them and explain that they believe the parent/carer is under the influence and that we will be contacting the necessary authorities.
If Cappello Academy is unhappy to release a child to the person collecting as a result of their behaviour, for example, aggression, as a result of being under the influence, we will contact the necessary authorities.
We understand that we have no legal rights to prevent a child being taken by a family member, however we would endeavour to protect the child to the best of our ability. If the parent/carer takes the child from our care, and we believe that child to be in danger, we will advise the parent that we will be notifying the police and Social Services, stating we believe them to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, thus putting a child at risk.
Staff Taking Prescription Medication
Staff who take prescription medication can only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair their ability to care for and look after children.
All staff medication will be kept away from the students all the time the staff member is teaching for Cappello Academy. If this is not possible, a locked and secure container will be provided to store the medication, ensuring it is out of reach of children.
Staff and students are asked to sign and complete a Staff and Student Medication/Treatment Form, confirming they are suitable to work with children and to ensure the information regarding their medical condition/ medication is correct.
Extremism & Radicalisation
Cappello Performing Arts Academy is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All staff recognise that it is everyone’s responsibility to be vigilant, irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
Cappello Academy encourages openness, honesty and respect and therefore will ensure that all staff and visitors adhere to this policy, as set out.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in Cappello Performing Arts Academy, whether from internal sources such as students or staff, or external sources such as friends, external agencies or the students’ community. Our students should see our school as a safe place and our teachers will encourage and facilitate this view and will challenge any extremist ideology displayed at the academy.
Our staff will be alert to the following:
Our staff will strive to eradicate the myths and assumptions that can lead to some young people becoming alienated and influenced which may make it harder for them to challenge or question these radical influences.
Cappello Academy will ensure that all of our teaching approaches help our pupils build resilience to extremism and give pupils a positive sense of identity through the development of critical thinking skills. We will ensure that all of our staff are equipped to recognise extremism and are skilled and confident enough to challenge it.
Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead - Jeanette Kendall (Principal)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the focus person and first point of contact for parents and external agencies and they are responsible for the safety and well-being of all the children.
The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:
Kirklees Children's Services: