Designated Child Protection Officers

Michelle Rigg
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Pam Hannah
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Governor - Sue Hatt

Safeguarding Children

Morton Academy will remain vigilant in respect to all types of abuse and neglect; and the specific safeguarding issues highlighted in the most recent guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education.

The Academy Policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection is available on the Website in the policies section. This policy details what the Academy will do to safeguard its students as well as detailing information about abuse and procedures within school to tackle this.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Morton Academy is Michelle Rigg, Deputy lead is Pam Hannah.

Morton Academy takes Safeguarding its students extremely seriously and will unapologetically do this to the highest standard. If you have concerns about a child, do not wait to act! Contact the police on 101, or if the nature of your concern in urgent, dial 999.

School e-Safety Co-ordinator: Jen Reid

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O2 and the NSPCC have joined forced to help parents and families in the UK learn how to keep kids safe online. They have launched a free helpline where you can get advice from experts on the following topics:

• Setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
• Help adjusting privacy settings
• Understanding social networks
• Concerns about online gaming
• App advice
• Online bullying
• Downloading
• Strangers online
• Online addiction • Paying for extras

Helpline opening times: Monday – Friday: 9am to 7pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 6pm, Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm.  The number for the helpline is 0800 800 5002.  For further information see

Click here for advice on Sexting.What is FGM?

FGM is s procedure where the female genital organs are deliberately injured or changed and there is no medical reason for this. The practice can cause short and long term physical and psychological effects. The age at which it is carried out can vary greatly from just after birth into adulthood.

FGM is another form of violence against women, it is illegal and must be reported. If you know or suspect a child is at risk of FGM or has experienced FGM, please contact the police immediately on 101 or in an emergency 999.

Academy staff are trained on what FGM is, signs and symptoms, the law surrounding this and what to do if FGM is suspected or disclosed. FGM is a criminal offence – it is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls. Cases will be dealt with as part of existing structures within the Academy, detailed in the Academy Safeguarding and child protection policy.

Academy Principles

The safety and welfare of the child is paramount.  The Academy will act in the interests and rights of the child.

FGM is illegal in the UK and is an extremely harmful practise – responding to it will not be left to personal choice, it is expected and demanded of all staff  Any and all interventions will be underpinned by the highest quality multi-agency support.

As FGM is often an embedded social norm within certain communities, engagement with families and communities play an important role in ending it.

Morton Academy is proud to be an accredited Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Champion School.

The Home Office definition of Domestic Violence is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

·         psychological

·         physical

·         sexual

·         financial

·         emotional

As a DV Champion School we promote Healthy Relationships and aim to educate our students about what a healthy relationship is, looks and feels like.

We do this in a number of ways:

Encouraging open and honest dialogue between staff and students

PSHCE Programmes and assemblies delivered by an external agency expert in Domestic violence.

Teaching our students and staff about the Law, how to identify if they themselves are in an unhealthy relationship and what to do if they need help or support.

Many of our staff are fully trained champions and able to support our students, staff and families appropriately.

                                                It’s never too late to get help!

What is Prevent? 

‘Prevent’ is part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy.  The aim of Prevent is to reduce the threat from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy has three specific objectives:

1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it

2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

3. Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

What are we doing about it?

At Morton Academy we continue to work hard to safeguard our students from being radicalised and drawn into extremist behaviours. Academy Teachers and Support staff have received specific training around Radicalisation and Extremism from Cumbria Constabulary, delivered by a member of their counter terrorism team. Staff have also continued their training online through a police awareness course. Staff are clear about the vulnerabilities that that potential recruiters look for in students and as such have programmes in place to deliver to students who may be particularly vulnerable. Further to this the Academy delivers a bespoke curriculum through PSHCE and British Values to ensure students are aware of potential recruitment strategies and what to do about them. Morton Academy is committed to keeping its students and community safe. More information about Prevent can be found on the following pages. Recruiters will often try to target children and teenagers online through social media, gaming etc. To ensure you can support keeping your child safe online, please see our information on this under E-Safety.

What is extremism and radicalisation?

Extremism is ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. The definition of extremism also includes calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Who may be at risk?

There is no one way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to terrorist ideology. If extremist views are held within a family unit, even very young children may be vulnerable to radicalisation and display concerning behaviour.  However, many studies show that radicalisation often occurs as people search for identity, meaning and community and this is why young people may be particularly vulnerable.

Factors that may have a bearing on someone becoming vulnerable

These may include:

• Peer pressure • Influence from other people • The internet/social media • bullying • crime against them or their involvement in crime • anti-social behaviour • family tension • race/hate crime • lack of self-esteem • personal or political grievances • Being at a transitional time of life • Being influenced or controlled by a group • A desire for status • A desire for excitement and adventure • A need to dominate and control others • Susceptibility to indoctrination • A desire for political or moral change • Opportunistic involvement • Family or friends involvement in extremism • Relevant mental health issues. • Learning Difficulties • A need to belong to something.

The Use of Social Media

Millions of young people use social media platforms every day to share content, but there are a small minority of users who exploit it to radicalise and recruit vulnerable people.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Ask.FM
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Private Messaging Apps including: WhatsApp, Kik, SuperSpot and Viber.

What to do if you suspect it 

The Department for Education has a dedicated telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly, or in non-emergency situations, they can be emailed at:

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