“Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility”

Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. At IQRA Academy we have a duty of care to ensure that the whole school community is kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.

What safeguarding looks like
at IQRA Academy

Everything that we do at IQRA Academy has the children at its heart. Their wellbeing, their safety, their achievement and their happiness underpin every decision that we make and determine how we work. Often when safeguarding is talked about the assumption is that it is just child protection - when a child is suffering harm or is in danger from suffering harm. However, safeguarding is much broader than this and considers a very wide range of areas.

At IQRA Academy we ensure that all our staff are well trained in all areas of safeguarding - this training is regularly updated and frequently revisited. We also ensure that our curriculum provides the children with age-appropriate opportunities to learn about how to keep themselves healthy and safe.

IQRA Academy’s Safeguarding Team :

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Nicola Gilpin (PREVENT Lead)

Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Andrea Ives, Jill Shovlin

Safeguarding Champions:

Alison Lindup (Designated teacher responsible for the educational achievements of Looked After Children)

Aneesah Qadim

John-Paul Taylor

Sobana Huma Khan

Jorona Khatun 

Laura Harding

Lead Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection: Jonaid Khan

The Safeguarding Team oversee and coordinate all aspects of the school’s work to ensure that children are kept safe. They regularly attend training to ensure that skills and knowledge are up to date, and that they can then effectively train the school staff.

What you can do

Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen. Parents and children should speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead if they have any concerns about a child or staff member.

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact Bradford Children’s Social Care on 01274 435600.

Out of hours contact the Children’s Social Care Emergency Duty Team on 020 8314 6660.

Reporting Domestic Abuse

West Yorkshire Police have created a simple online form to enable people to report domestic abuse directly to them and as an alternative to speaking on the phone.

The information people provide on the form will be dealt with in the same way as any other report of domestic abuse.

Online safety

Our pupils are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. While we feel that the use of technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot ignore the risks that can be associated.

Talking to your child about online safety is essential because many children will be using a wide range of technologies in their home environments, even before they start school. It is not always easy to know where to start the NSPCC and Childnet International have some useful advice on this matter. 

Children under the age of 13 should not be using social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr – this is stipulated in the sites’ terms and conditions.

Parents should also be aware that content filters may not always work if a child is using public Wi-Fi, so it is important to ensure their access to unprotected Wi-Fi is limited.