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Safeguarding at Harborne Academy


Harborne Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is our policy that all visitors to the site are issued with our safeguarding procedure. All new staff receive safeguarding training as part of their induction programme and all staff have regular safeguarding training and updates through the academic year.

As a school we have robust safeguarding processes and procedures in place to which all staff are trained to adhere. Our safeguarding procedure is detailed in our policy, in the staff handbook and on posters displayed in offices and classrooms. Any adult that has a concern about a child’s safety or wellbeing should report their concern using this procedure. The procedure also details how to deal with a disclosure from a child. The Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead will then deal with the concern through the relevant channels.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such an action would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our Safeguarding Team

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Kevin Keelan (Assistant Headteacher)

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are: Gregory Caines (Deputy Headteacher), Tina Conlon (Pastoral Manager), Sarah Ross (Headteacher), Valentine Tyser (Assistant Head of Year), and Emma Piddock (Deputy Mental Health Lead)

Our Safeguarding Governor is: Rosina Morris

Our Data Protection Officer is: Laura Harris

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Procedure are available for download below.

West Midlands Police

Harborne Academy 'is committed to keeping our students safe, both in school and the wider community. As part of our safeguarding arrangements, we have a two-way information sharing agreement in place with West Midlands Police, and we are also active members of our local constituency Police & Schools Panel. 

The agreement is compliant with Crime & Disorder Act 1998Data Protection Act 2018 – 2021 Update and United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK-GDPR); and focuses on preventing young people from becoming involved, or further involved, in crime and anti-social behaviour (as either a victim or offender) or those who have been reported as missing that may be vulnerable as a result. 

This joint approach helps us to intervene early; provide additional support and share up-to-date safety messages with students and their families/carers.  If you have any queries about this partnership, please contact

Online Safety

Harborne Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, this page details how we safeguard students using the internet at school and offers support for safeguarding them at home.

As an Academy we use Smoothwall software to monitor all ICT use by staff and students on all Academy ICT equipment both on and off site. For full details, please see the Harborne Academy Online Safety Policy which can be found below.

We are committed to keeping personal data safely and securely. Any freedom of information requests must go through the Data Protection Officer. Please see the Data Protection Policy below for full guidelines.

In order to limit the unrestricted access to the internet offered by mobile phones Harborne Academy does not allow students to use their phones at any time on site. Any mobile phone seen by staff will be confiscated.

At home we recommend that parents/carers consider installing parental controls and monitoring their child’s use of computers and other devices.

For further information and advice, please see our dedicated online safety page by clicking here.

Family Support

Follow this link for a directory of external family support services.


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Safeguarding Policy 04th Sep 2023 Download
Online Safety Policy 14th May 2024 Download
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