Cedars Academy Governing body takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure there are adequate arrangements within Cedars Academy to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
All staff believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The document below contains very recent information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe. It has read alongside statutory guidance 'Working together to safeguard children', and departmental advice 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners', to help draw up our school policy on safeguarding.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Liz Neale
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Mrs Michelle O’Reilly, Mr Dan Hearne and Mr Keith Vincent
The Safeguarding Governor Link is Mrs Maria Hall
Mrs Neale, Mrs O'Reilly, Mr Hearne and Mr Vincent are members of the Senior Leadership group and have undertaken the relevant training, which will be followed by regular updates.
Please read and familiarise yourself with our Safeguarding Policy below.
More information about Safeguarding can be found on the Online Safety area of this site and on the student area.  
Below you will find the fourth report of its kind from the NSPCC. It provides an overview of the child protection landscape and compiles the most robust and up-to-date child protection data in the UK.
The link below contains Gateshead LA information about child protection enquiries and child protection conferences and how it may affect you as a parent, carer or young person involved:

What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats.  E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).

The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address:

Three key themes

The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities

Prevent Team

The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.

Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism. 

How you can help?

It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:

  • You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
  • You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
  • You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.
You can find out more by downloading our leaflet below or following the link to the DfE site: