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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interest of the child. (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2022)


We take safeguarding very seriously in our academy. Everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe, although there are certain key people with particular responsibilities:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Ash Stoneman

Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Kirsten D'Arcy-Smith

Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Carl Wakefield and Mrs Ruth Clark

Trustee for safeguarding: Mr Elliott Judge


Plume Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We place high expectations on all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. We have policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

The academy is proactive in its work with outside agencies to safeguard children and young people. We may need to share information with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.

The academy works with external organisations to promote safeguarding themes within the academy. These themes are also promoted through the curriculum, pastoral systems and assemblies. We place a high emphasis on developing behaviour that is good or outstanding which contributes to learners feeling safe.

Plume Academy is dedicated to ensuring that children and young people are valued, respected, listened to and taken seriously especially with regard to their safety and wellbeing. The academy encourages young people to report concerns and we endeavour to provide support while encouraging individuals to adapt safe and responsible practices.

The academy has a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant who have undertaken appropriate safeguarding training along with members of the Senior Leadership Team and Assistant Heads of Year. All staff receive regular safeguarding training.

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Mr Stoneman - Plume Academy's Designated Safeguarding Lead becomes a Child Exploitation Champion for Essex


Mr Stoneman at the end of September 2022 has been awarded and recognised for his work in safeguarding by the Essex Safeguarding Children Board. The ESCB have recognised Mr Stoneman for his ability to safeguard the students of Plume and his knowledge, understanding and ability to ensure the students of Plume Academy are effectively safeguarded. This special award, will see Mr Stoneman champion the area of Child Exploitation and ensure that our students continue to be educated, supported and guided with ensuring that correct processes, referrals, policies and signposting is completed to maximise the effectiveness of the safeguarding of your students. Mr Stoneman said 'I am delighted to be awarded this position and Champion role, it only further evidences the great work we do as an academy and will continue to do to ensure that our students are effectively safeguarded as well as educated via our broad, diverse and ambitious Personal Development curriculum.'