Support and Guidance

At times, everyone needs a little ‘extra’ support

This applies to both students and their parents or carers. At OSA we regularly share informative extracts from media publications, findings from reputable studies on topics affecting the lives of young people and their families and highlighting websites that offer additional information, sources of help or guidance that may be of interest to our staff, students, parents and carers – either in relation to their own situation, or that of others they may find needing their help.

As in all schools and establishments involving the education and care of young people, we take the Safeguarding of our students extremely seriously and would also like to share some of the dangers these young people may face, as well as some sound advice and guidance on how we can all keep our young people safe – both in person and ‘online’.

Safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, is a broader term than Child Protection. It encompasses protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, and ensures children grow up in safe circumstances. Child Protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.

Local Authority and Department for Education Guidance

Our Ormiston Academies Trust Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available on our ‘Policies‘ page

More sources of support, help and guidance

Below, we have gathered links to various sources of additional ‘support’ in the hope they may prove useful; we are always open to suggestions of additional resources and invite you to contact Mrs Price, who is our Vice Principal for Personal Develoment as well as being our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

OSA Early Help Offer

We recognise the importance of Early Help at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, to offer support to meet the needs of students. Find out more here

When a child dies

Help with the Parenting role

Supporting wellbeing and mental health

Safeguarding and Online Safety for Young People and their Parents/Carers

Resource Library

  • “Who’s looking after the children?”‘ A Financial Times short video for parents/carers (starring Jodie Whittaker (Dr Who), Paul Ready (Motherland), Shaniqua Okwok (It’s a Sin)) – 14 minutes. We thoroughly recommend it to not only OSA parents and carers – but ANY parents/carers. We hope you will take a look and thank you in advance for doing so.
  • Online Sexual Harassment – Talking to your child: Children’s Commissioner resource for parents/carers

Useful Websites for Students and Parents/Carers:

Historical ‘Safeguarding’ Resources shared with staff and/or students (which parents may find informative)

Child Protection and Safeguarding – Categories and Types of Abuse for staff to look out for