Biddick Academy - Safeguarding


No School operates in isolation. Keeping children safe from significant harm is the responsibility of all adults especially those working with children. The development of appropriate procedures and the monitoring of good practice are the responsibilities of Sunderland Local Safeguarding Children Board, which includes the partnership of several agencies who work with children and families across the City.

Biddick Academy is committed to respond in accordance with Child Protection: Sunderland Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures and partner agencies in all cases where there is a concern about significant harm.

Significant Harm is defined in The Children’s Act 1989 as the Ill-treatment (including sexual abuse and physical abuse) or the impairment of health (physical or mental) or development (physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural) as compared to a similar child.

Note: harm now includes the impairment of a child’s health or development as a result of witnessing the ill treatment of another person. (Adoption and Children Act 2002)

Local Authorities have a duty to investigate (under S47 of the Children Act 1989). Where a Local Authority is informed that there is a child who is living, or is found, in their area and they have reasonable cause to suspect that child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm they must make such enquiries as necessary to promote or safeguard the child’s welfare. The Integrated Contact and Referral Team undertakes this responsibility on behalf of the Local Authority once a referral has been made.

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply. It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which applies to all the schools, including maintained nursery schools. The Children Act 1989 sets out the Legal Framework.

All staff believe that our Academy should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual student.

Please click on the link below further information:

Safeguarding Policy