1. Mission Statement
Avecinna Academy promotes moral, academic and professional excellence in a caring and secure environment. We seek to provide opportunities for the fullest realisation of our children’s potentials so that they are better equipped to meet the challenges of adult life.
The Islamic ethos of the school is of paramount importance and thus, we place strong emphasis on Islamic manners, behaviour, dress code, mutual respect for fellow students and utmost respect for parents and teachers. We aim to instil in our pupils social, intellectual and cultural values.
Avecinna Academy aims to:
Offer a relaxed and friendly environment within which the children can flourish
- Provide a broad and balanced study of all areas of the National Curriculum
- Raise aspirations and foster a ‘yes I can’ attitude
- Combine excellent Islamic behaviour with high levels of academic achievements
- Uphold the ‘moral and manners’ of the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam by providing teaching through self respect, respect for parents, elders and others and through the development of personal responsibility.
- Provide weekly assemblies – incorporating ‘citizenship’ through the teachings of the Qur’aan and Sunnah as well as community cohesion and well being
- Impart knowledge to the pupils for the pleasure of Allah (SWT)
- Have a positive relationship between the school and the parents
Teachers 2015 – 2016
Head teacher: Mr Mohamed Dahir
Deputy Head Teacher: Ms Nimo Hirsi
Mr M. Sufi : Year 7 & 8 boys
Mr M. Dahir: Year 10 & 11 boys
Mr M. Ahmed: Year 7 & 8 girls
Ms N. Hirsi: Year 9,10 & 11 girls
|English||3 and 4||Ms N Hirsi|
|Humanities||3 and 4||Ms Zaira Bi|
|Arabic||3 and 4||Mr I. Sufi|
|ICT||3 and 4||Mr I. Sufi|
|Religious Studies(IS)||3 and 4||Mr I. Sufi|
|Citizenship||3 and 4||Mr I. Sufi|
|Science||3 and 4||Mr M. Ahmed|
|Mathematics||3 and 4||Mr M. Dahir|
|Art||3 and 4||Ms M. Hussain|
|PE||3 and 4||Ms Dawn Blake|
3. Safeguarding Policy
Whilst the prime focus of Avecinna Academy is to secure the best educational provision for the child, Avecinna Academy recognises that the safety, welfare and care of children are paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care at all times.
We will ensure that arrangements are in place for:
- All reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare;
- All appropriate actions to be taken to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies;
All persons working at Avecinna Academy will be made aware of this policy.
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff at Avecinna Academy will often, by the virtue of their day-to-day contact and knowledge of the children, be well placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.
In order to protect our children, we will:
- Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
- Monitor and support children at risk
- Use the curriculum to raise children’s awareness, build confidence and skills
- Work closely with parent/carer and support external agencies
- Ensure that all adults within Avecinna Academy who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability (refer to recruitment policy)
Avecinna Academy will support all children by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and appropriate self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or violence
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the Academy
- Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children
- Notifying Social Care Services via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern
- Providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the Academy by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school.
Categories of Abuse
The following categories of abuse are recognised for the purposes of the child protection register:
- Neglect – persistent or severe neglect, or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, including cold or starvation, or failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting in the significant impairment of the child’s health or development, including non‐organic failure to thrive.
- Physical abuse – actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury (or suffering) to a child including deliberate poisoning, suffocation or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness to a child.
iii. Sexual Abuse – actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child or adolescent. The child may be dependent and/or developmentally immature.
- Emotional Abuse – actual or likely adverse effect on the emotional and behavioural development of a child caused by persistent or severe emotional ill‐treatment or rejection.
- Forced marriage – A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without the full consent of both parties and where duress (emotional pressure in addition to physical abuse) is a factor. It is an entirely separate issue from arranged marriage, and the two should not be confused. In an arranged or assisted marriage, the families take a role in choosing and introducing the marriage partners but the marriage is entered into freely by both people, without duress being a factor. In a forced marriage, this consent does not exist.
- Female genital mutilation – FGM is considered child abuse in the UK and a grave violation of the human rights of girls and women. In all circumstances where FGM is practised on a child it is a violation of the child’s right to life, their right to their bodily integrity, as well as their right to health.
Signs of Abuse
Children and young people often find it difficult to talk about the abuse that they are experiencing. Therefore, adults have a vital role in looking out for possible signs. Although it is sometimes hard to be fully certain that a child is being abused, some signs to watch out for are:
- A child who is often bruised or injured
- A child who is often very withdrawn
- A child who is often very dirty or smelly
- A child who is often hungry or under or over-dressed for the time of year
- A child who is often left at home alone
- A child who is often left in unsafe situations or without medical attention when they need it
- A child who is constantly ‘put down’, insulted, sworn at or humiliated
- A child who seems very afraid of particular adults and reluctant to be alone with them
- A child who has unexplained changeable emotions such as depression, anxiety or severe aggression
- A child who shows sexual knowledge or behaviour that is inappropriate for their age
- A child who is growing up in a home where there is domestic violence
- A child who is living with parents or carers who are involved in serious drug or alcohol abuse
In some cases these signs may have an acceptable explanation. This list does not cover every possibility. Adults may see other things in a child’s behaviour or circumstances that worry them. Adults need to be alert to the potential abuse of children from both within their families or from other sources including abuse from members of this organization.
It is good practice to ask a child why they are upset or how a cut or bruise was caused, or respond to a child wanting to talk to you. This practice can help clarify vague concerns and result in appropriate action.
Designated Senior Personnel
- Designated Senior Person for Child Protection –Ms Nimo Hirsi (Deputy Head)
- Designated Senior Person ( alternate)- Mr Mohamed Dahir (Head Teacher)
The role of all staff and other persons within Avecinna Academy
All staff has a duty to safeguard children. This policy outlines how staff can meet this duty and their need to be:
- Trained and aware of potential indicators of abuse
- Open to hearing concerns from children and others, without seeking to investigate these concerns
- Informed on how to report any concerns to their Designated Senior Person for Child Protection
- Informed on how to report any concerns relating to staff to their Head Teacher
- Informed on how to report any concerns relating child protection to SDPs and Head teacher
Staff at Avecinna Academy will:
- Create the opportunity and environment for children to be able to talk about their concerns
- Establish systems to enable cover for the member of staff listening to a child’s concerns
- Report on as soon as you have a concern.
- Record information verbatim using the actual words of the child and noting any questions raised by the child.
- Note dates, times, who was present, positions in the room, anything factual about the child’s appearance
- Pass these notes to the DSP
- If possible use a silent witness
- TELL A CHILD THAT WE CAN’T TELL ANYONE ELSE WHAT THE CHILD DISCLOSES
- Ask leading questions
- Ask the child to write down their account
- Investigate with, or without others
- Take photographs of marks
- Attempt any medical judgement
- Arrange a medical examination
- Tape/video record an interview
- Ask a child to remove any clothing. Staff should always be aware of their own vulnerability at this point and should take steps to minimise risk to them whilst supporting the child.
- Tell a child that we can’t tell anyone else what the child discloses.
We recognise that all matters relating to Child Protection are confidential. The Head or DSP will disclose any information about a student to other members of staff on a need to know basis only.
We recognise that staff working at Avecinna Academy who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm, may find the situation stressful and upsetting. We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the DSP and to seek further support as appropriate.
The role of the DSP
The school’s DSP is the Deputy Headteacher Ms Nimo Hirsi. Designated Senior Person is responsible for:
- Adhering to the Birmingham BSCB, Education and school procedures with regard to referring a child if there are concerns about possible abuse
- Keeping written records of all concerns about a child even if there appears to be no need to make an immediate referral
- Ensuring that all such records are kept confidentially and securely and are separate from child records
- Ensuring that an indication of further record-keeping is marked on the child records
- Liaising and joint working with Social Care Services, and other relevant agencies
All concerns must be passed to the DSP who will seek advice/make a judgement as to whether a referral to Social Care Services or the need for any other action to be taken. If a disclosure is made or a member of staff has reason to believe abuse has occurred, an incident report form (see appendix) should be completed as soon as possible and passed to the DSP. Any original notes should be signed, dated and securely attached to the incident report form. All staff members must be aware of the high level of confidentiality of notes and individual staff members should pass all notes and records to the DSP. Upon submitting an incident report form, the member of staff and the DSP should catalogue the form, sign and date it.
All child protection allegations relating to staff must be reported directly to the Head Teacher (and not the DSP) without informing the subject of the concern/allegation. The full evidence will be made available to the member of staff subject of the allegation as soon as it is agreed appropriate within the ongoing needs of any investigation by the Police, Social Care Services, or by any disciplinary process. In some cases, it may be necessary for the staff member to be suspended whilst an investigation is carried out. It must be recognised that any decision to suspend a member of staff is without prejudice and on full pay, and is not an indication of any proof or of any guilt.
Any complaint or concern of a child protection nature received by any person and relating to the Head Teacher must be passed in confidence to the Education Services Lead Officer who will give advice and support.
All staff need to be aware of their vulnerability to allegations and must address their practice accordingly. All staff must adhere to the Academy guidance in respect to safe conduct.
Children cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fails to do so. All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues.
Allegations against the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher
- In any cases of allegations implicating the Head Teacher or the deputy Headteacher, it will be the Education Services Child Protection Lead Officer who will coordinate Education Services action.
- Staff or members of the Parents council who identify a potential child protection concern/allegation about a Head Teacher/deputy Headteacher must act on those concerns. They should immediately contact the Education Services Child Protection Lead Officer at BSCB on 0121 464 2612 for a confidential consultation without alerting the Head Teacher/deputy Headteacher.
The Education Services Lead Officer will liaise with the School and will decide upon any action required.
- No attempt should be made to initiate an independent investigation prior to this discussion
Avecinna Academy adheres to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) procedures and the Birmingham Education Services Child Protection Procedures. Copies of these are kept by the Head Teacher and must be the subject of training and be available to all staff and the parents council.
The Head Teacher will identify a Designated Senior Person (DSP) for Child Protection co-ordination in the Academy. The Head will identify clearly who will deputise in the absence of the DSP and ensure that any such deputy is appropriately trained.
The DSP will ensure the following reporting and recording procedures are maintained:
- Incident report form
- Incident book (containing name of child, name, signature and date of person submitting the report, name, signature and date of DSP receiving the report.)
- Child school records
- The head teacher will receive annually a report on developments in child protection policy and procedures, training undertaken by the DSP and other staff , the number of cases referred (without details) and the place of child protection within the curriculum.
Parents and carers
Parents and carers will be made aware of the Academy’s policy through published information and in initial meetings with parent and carers of new children. Parents and carers will be informed that in certain circumstances there may be a need to contact other agencies without first notifying them. This decision will be made in partnership between Education Services and Social Care Services. It will be made clear that this is a legal obligation and not a personal decision.
A copy of this policy is available to all parents, carers and children upon request.
Teaching and learning
The curriculum will be used to raise children’s awareness and build confidence so that they have a range of strategies to support their own protection and understanding of protecting others. The Academy will promote child support services through assembly and display of contact information, e.g. Child line, Connexions, Birmingham Sign Posting Service.
All members of staff will receive training on child protection procedures and will receive updates and refreshers every 3 years. The training will be to standards approved by Birmingham LSCB and include training on interagency work. It is also strongly recommended that the members of the parents’ council also receive this training.
The DSP and Head Teacher will be provided with Education Services core training in order to carry out their role and will attend refresher training updates every 2 years
Child Protection training will be clearly cross referenced and supplemented by other areas of staff training including appropriate touch, care & control (including safe restraint), behaviour management and risk assessment.
The following record of training will be maintained by the DSP
|Name||Date of training||By whom|
|DSP (Core training)||October 2015||BSCB|
|DSP (Update/refresher)||October 2017||BSCB|
|Support staff (by individual name)||October 2015
|Teaching staff (core training )||October 2017
|Teaching staff (update/refresher) (by individual name)||October 2017||AMS UK|
Safe Recruitment Procedures
Avecinna Academy’s child Protection policy should be used with the Employment Policy and the Safer Recruitment and Selection Policy. Avecinna Academy has procedures in place when recruiting and checking staff’s suitability that have contact with children. This is an essential part of creating a safe environment for children and young people. Avecinna Academy will also make sure that jobs descriptions refer to our responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. For further details of safer recruitment procedures, please refer to the Employment Policy and the Safer Recruitment and Selection policies.
Visitor and Volunteers
A summary of Avecinna Academy procedures and the name of the DSP are available to all visitors to the Academy.
- The school will inform the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board and provide them with all the required evidence within 24 hours of a disclosure of abuse. No further action will be taken by the school until further advice has been obtained from the BSCB
- The school will inform the BSCB from the first day of absence of the unexplained of a child who is on the child protection register
- The school will inform Ofsted within 14 days of any actual abuse or allegations of abuse on the premises.
- The school will inform Birmingham Local Authority Education and Welfare Officer of the unexplained absence during 10 consecutive days of any pupil who is not on the child protection register.
- The proprietor will inform the Disclosure and Barring Service where they have ceased to use a person’s services, for example dismissed them form work in a role involving regular contact with children, because:
- They are considered unsuitable to work with children as a result of a misconduct, or
- Because of a medical condition that raises a possibility of risk to the safety or welfare of children.
Education Services Child Protection Lead Officer
BIRMINGHAM SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD
Room 54, council House Extension
Birmingham B3 3BU
Tel: 0121 464 2612
FAX: 0121 303 8427
Integrated Advice and Support Service (IASS)
West and Central 0121 3034362
Education Welfare Service
Perry Common Road
Erdington, B23 7AT
0121 303 8900
ASTON SOCIAL CARE SERVICES
New Aston House, Alma Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B19 2RL
Reviewed: September 2015
Date of next review: September 2016